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Superfund Cleanup Subject Listing

Comfort Letters

This category covers the limited circumstances, usually connected to the redevelopment of property that may have had environmental contamination, under which EPA may provide a measure of "comfort" by providing a letter to an interested party explaining the potential or actual EPA involvement at a property or site.

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Transmittal of Revised Policy on the Issuance of Superfund Comfort/Status Letters - (8/25/15)
Transmittal memorandum, guidance, model language sample letters, and appendices regarding the use of Superfund comfort/status letters.
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-revised-policy-issuance-superfund-comfortstatus-letters (PDF 1,000K)
Clean Water Act § 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Requirements for "Good Samaritans" at Orphan Mine Sites - (12/12/12)
Memorandum describes two clarifications, one under CERCLA and one under the CWA to provide clarification regarding permit obligations for Good Samaritans.
http://water.epa.gov/action/goodsamaritan/upload/2012-good-samaritan-memo-signed.pdf (PDF 1.71 K)
Questions and Answers: Clean Water Act § 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Requirements for “Good Samaritans” at Orphan Mine Sites: December 12, 2012 - (12/12/12)
Questions and Answers for the Clean Water Act § 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Requirements for “Good Samaritans” at Orphan Mine Sites issued December 2012
http://water.epa.gov/action/goodsamaritan/upload/good-sam-faqs-2012.pdf (PDF 24K)
Transmittal of “Revised Enforcement Guidance Regarding the Treatment of Tenants Under the CERCLA Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Provision” and Model Comfort/Status Letters for Lessees at Renewable Energy Projects - (12/5/12)
Transmittal memorandum, guidance and three model documents addressing the potentiall applicability of the BFPP provision under Superfund to tenants.
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-treatment-tenants-under-cerclas-bona-fide-prospective-purchaser-bfpp-provision (PDF 687K)
Revised Enforcement Guidance Regarding the Treatment of Tenants Under the CERCLA Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Provision - (12/5/12)
Revised guidance addresses how EPA intends to use its enforcement discretion to treat certain tenants as BFPPs under Superfund.
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-treatment-tenants-under-cerclas-bona-fide-prospective-purchaser-bfpp-provision (PDF 543K)
Model No Previous Federal Interest Comfort/Status Letter - RE-Powering America's Land Initiative - (12/5/12)
Model document comfort/status letter regarding no previous federal interest for renewable energy development.
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-treatment-tenants-under-cerclas-bona-fide-prospective-purchaser-bfpp-provision (PDF 37 K)
Model Federal Superfund Interest and No Current Federal Superfund Interest Comfort/Status Letter - (12/5/12)
Model document for comfort/status letter regarding federal interest or no current federal interest regarding renewable energy development.
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-treatment-tenants-under-cerclas-bona-fide-prospective-purchaser-bfpp-provision (PDF 65 K)
Model State Action Comfort/Status Letter - RE-Powering America's Land Initiative - (12/5/12)
Model document comfort/status letter regarding state-lead sites and renewable energy development.
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-treatment-tenants-under-cerclas-bona-fide-prospective-purchaser-bfpp-provision (PDF 39 K)
Interim Guiding Principles for Good Samaritan Projects at Orphan Mine Sites and Transmittal of CERCLA Administrative Tools for Good Samaritans - (6/6/07)
Memorandum intended to assist the Regions in the implementation of the Good Samaritan Initiative and focuses on administrative tools developed under CERCLA.
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/interim-guidance-cercla-administrative-tools-good-samaritans-orphan-mine-sites (PDF 160 K)
Model Good Samaritan Comfort/Status Letter - (6/6/07)
Model language for good samaritan initiative comfort/status letter.
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/interim-guidance-cercla-administrative-tools-good-samaritans-orphan-mine-sites (PDF 16 K)

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