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New Enforcement Initiative Encourages Cleanup and Reuse of Contaminated Property

Release Date: 09/23/2004
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Contact: John Millett 202-564-7842 /
(09/23/04) EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) has launched a new initiative to promote safe, sustainable reuse and redevelopment of contaminated property. Environmentally Responsible Redevelopment and Reuse (ER3) will provide incentives to developers who commit to the best sustainable environmental practices in the redevelopment and reuse of contaminated properties. The ER3 initiative will encourage green building design, construction, and operation; energy efficiency; use of renewable energy sources; environmental management systems; storm water and wastewater management; pollution prevention; waste minimization and recycling; healthy building; design for the environment; industrial ecology; sustainability; and smart growth. Incentives include Prospective Purchaser Agreements, which provide liability relief on Superfund property, and Comfort/Status Letters, which describe the likelihood of EPA involvement at a property, or clarify the cleanup progress at a site. ER3 aims to leverage resources from other federal agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations and private organizations to expand the environmentally sound reuse and redevelopment of contaminated sites. For more information on ER3, go to: .