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EPA’s Superfund Chief Wants Less Paperwork, More Community Action

Sept. 25, 2018, 7:25 PM

The EPA’s Superfund chief wants the agency to spend less time writing policy documents and more time putting boots on the ground in contaminated communities.

Steven Cook, deputy assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, said the agency’s future isn’t in guidance documents but rather facilitating communities’ visions for redeveloping their contaminated sites.

Cook, who is directing the agency’s reform of its flagship contamination cleanup program, spoke at the Center for Creative Land Recycling’s National Brownfields Leadership Summit in Washington Sept. 25.

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