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Federal Advisory Committee to Shape Future Direction of the Superfund Program


The Superfund Subcommittee was created in June 2002 to assist EPA in identifying the future direction of the Superfund program in the context of other Federal and State waste and site cleanup programs. Specifically, the Subcommittee is reviewing the documentation and, to the extent possible, providing answers to questions related to: (1) the role of the National Priorities List, (2) complex and expensive sites, called megasites, and (3) measurement of program progress.

Subcommittee members represent diverse interests of Superfund stakeholders. Members are experienced and knowledgeable individuals from: academia; business and industry; community and environmental advocacy groups; State, local and Tribal governments; environmental justice, nongovernmental and professional organizations; and EPA. Dr. Raymond Loehr, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin, is the chair of the Subcommittee.

Operating under the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Subcommittee's work is nearing completion. To date, the Subcommittee has held six meetings in Washington, DC (June 17-18, 2002, September 23-24, 2002, January 7-8, 2003, September 3-5, 2003, November 5-7, 2003, and December 9-11, 2003); one in Phoenix, AZ (March 10-11, 2003); and one in New Bedford, MA (June 17-18, 2003). The final Subcommittee meeting is scheduled for February 11-12, 2004.

Summary of the past meetings and information concerning future meetings may be obtained via EPA's Web site or from EPA's Docket (SFUND-2002-0005).


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