U.S. EPA Contaminated Site Cleanup Information (CLU-IN)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division

Local Governments and Superfund Sites - Supporting Redevelopment and Addressing the Superfund Liability Concerns of Local Governments

Sponsored by: US EPA Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE), Superfund Enforcement and Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI), Superfund Redevelopment Program

Archived: Friday, January 22, 2021
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Local governments can play a critical role in the cleanup, redevelopment, and reuse of contaminated properties. When contamination complicates property acquisition, reuse, or stewardship, local governments can help transform these properties from liabilities into community assets. However, local governments can be reluctant to play an active part in redevelopment efforts due to feeling overwhelmed on how to start or what to do. Also, concerns about potential CERCLA liability at Superfund sites may discourage local governments from this role.

This session will share Superfund Redevelopment Program tools and best practices and highlight real-world case examples where local governments, worked with EPA to facilitate the cleanup, redevelopment, and reuse of contaminated properties in their communities. This session also will explore how Superfund liability protections and EPA's enforcement policies protect local governments during the acquisition, cleanup, redevelopment, and reuse of Superfund sites. Speakers will address EPA's newest policies directly addressing the Superfund liability concerns of local governments. This session will empower local governments by providing specific strategies and tools for local governments to successfully return these blighted properties back to productive use while minimizing their liability risk, including how to attract and form productive partnerships between local governments and developers.

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A photograph of Frank AvvisatoFrank Avvisato, EPA Superfund Redevelopment Initiative ( or 703-603-8949)

A photograph of William C. Denman, P.E.William C. Denman, P.E., EPA Region 4 Redevelopment and Chemicals Branch ( or 404-562-8939)
Bill Denman is chief of the Site Assessment and Remedy Decisions Branch in the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation.

Bill has a long career in managing the cleanup and redevelopment of land. He has led multiple cleanup programs under Superfund and RCRA, working in EPA's Superfund program for nearly 20 years as a site cleanup project manager, land redevelopment coordinator and section chief. He helped facilitate the sale and redevelopment of many Superfund sites throughout the southeast and has had major influence in the development of national EPA policy related to the redevelopment of contaminated land. Prior to working in the Superfund program, Bill worked in EPA's Air Program and for the U.S. Navy, designing and testing diving systems for U.S. Navy divers.

Bill has a master's degree in Sustainability from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on the topic of redeveloping contaminated properties for graduate classes at Harvard, Emory, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Georgia.

A photograph of Matthew SanderMatthew Sander, EPA Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (
Matthew Sander is an attorney advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE) in Washington, DC. He serves in the Policy and Guidance Branch which is responsible for cleanup and revitalization enforcement policy in support of EPA's Superfund, RCRA, Brownfields, and Leaking Underground Storage Tank cleanup programs. Matthew's primary responsibilities include policy development and case support to address purchaser's potential liability concerns and to ensure contaminated property redevelopment is protective of human health and the environment. He also is OSRE's liaison to the states through the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO). Prior to joining the EPA, Matthew worked for the Department of Justice, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the Wisconsin bar.

Victor Zertuche, Office of Site Remediation Enforcement ( or 202-564-4212)
Victor Zertuche currently serves as an attorney-advisor for the EPA's Office of Site Remediation Enforcement, in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). He has worked at EPA since 2019 and his practice includes clarifying liability concerns to foster cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties. Before joining EPA, Victor represented low-income communities across 114 counties in Texas as an environmental justice legal-aid attorney. Victor earned an LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law from Pace University, a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, and a B.A. in Corporate Communications from the University of Houston.


A photograph of Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division ( or 202-566-0832)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

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