The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they will be reviewing Superfund sites across the Mid-Atlantic region this year, specifically mentioning sites in Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The reviews are conducted every five years to determine if the actions being taken are still protecting human health and the environment. The scope of the reviews includes inspecting cleanup technologies; examining monitoring and operating data; reviewing maintenance records; and determining if new regulatory requirements have been put in place since EPA’s original cleanup decision. EPA will examine a site in Suffolk City, VA; four sites in Delaware; and sixteen sites in Pennsylvania. Once the technical reviews are completed, EPA will provide the public an opportunity to evaluate the findings.
EPA’s announcement of the five-year reviews comes a few weeks after announcements that they will review consent decrees to ensure compliance, which we blogged about here.