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Superfund 101
Offered by U.S. EPA
Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation

Superfund 101 consists of two introductory-level courses: Fundamentals of Superfund and Enforcement Process Overview. The target audience for each course is On-Scene Coordinators (OSC) and Remedial Project Managers (RPM).

Fundamentals of Superfund, a 3-day introductory training course, provides an overview of the purpose, legal framework and implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) for newly hired OSCs and RPMs. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand the evolution of the Superfund program. The course explores the origin, accomplishments and future of the Superfund program.
  • Understand the statutory and regulatory basis for the authorities of OSCs and RPMs. The course provides an overview of the roles of the OSC and RPM as they are defined in laws, regulations, policy and guidance, including a comparison of authorities and liabilities.
  • Learn about the three types of response activities defined under CERCLA. The course discusses the components of the removal, remedial and enforcement programs and the major responsibilities of OSCs and RPMs in their work on Superfund responses, site cleanups and enforcement activities.

Enforcement Process Overview, a 2-day course, provides an overview of the EPA’s Superfund enforcement process for OSCs and RPMs. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Learn about the goals, priorities, and actions of the Superfund enforcement program. The course provides an introduction to response actions and enforcement authorities under Superfund; illustrates the relationship between major enforcement actions and remedial and removal actions; defines Superfund enforcement goals and principles; identifies objectives of Superfund enforcement reforms; and highlights current enforcement priorities of the EPA.
  • Understand the EPA’s fundamental principles and policies related to enforcement, the four types of potentially responsible parties (PRP), common defenses against liability and other enforcement policies. The course examines the four classes of PRPs, identifies PRP’s defenses and exemptions to liabilities, and identifies major enforcement discretionary policies.
  • Understand the Superfund enforcement process and the roles of states, tribes, Federal agencies and communities in the enforcement process. The course examines and applies EPA’s cost recovery strategy and discretionary enforcement policies, as well as the roles of administrative and judicial law in the enforcement process.
  • Develop their ability to use the tools available to encourage settlements. Participants will learn about the various types of enforcement tools, such as alternative dispute resolution, that are used in the settlement process.

Superfund 101 is mandatory for OSCs and RPMs to meet the inspector training requirements set forth under EPA Order 3500.1. The target audience is OSCs and RPMs as well as other programmatic and field support staff (i.e., enforcement personnel, HQ regional coordinators, Special Team members). THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONTRACTORS. In addition, the Superfund 101 course is a prerequisite for EPA employees who would like to attend the Removal and Remedial Process courses.

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

Contact information for this course: Joseph Gawarzewski (Tetra Tech, Inc.) by telephone at 302-283-2290 or via e-mail at

More information on this course is available, click here This link opens in a new window.

 Current Offerings

Bullet  Chicago, IL
  October 06, 2014 - October 10, 2014

Previous Offerings (click to view/hide)
Bullet  San Francisco, CA
  March 10, 2014 - March 14, 2014
Bullet  Philadelphia, PA
  January 27, 2014 - January 31, 2014
Bullet  Addison, TX
  November 18, 2013 - November 22, 2013
Bullet  Dallas, TX
  October 07, 2013 - October 11, 2013
Bullet  Denver, CO
  July 22, 2013 - July 26, 2013
Bullet  Boston, MA
  May 06, 2013 - May 10, 2013
Bullet  Orlando, FL
  October 01, 2012 - October 05, 2012
Bullet  Edison, NJ
  July 16, 2012 - July 20, 2012
Bullet  Lenexa, KS
  March 26, 2012 - March 30, 2012
Bullet  Arlington, VA
  October 03, 2011 - October 07, 2011
Bullet  New Orleans, LA
  August 08, 2011 - August 12, 2011
Bullet  Las Vegas, NV
  February 14, 2011 - February 18, 2011
Bullet  Arlington, VA
  October 04, 2010 - October 08, 2010
Bullet  Chicago, IL
  June 21, 2010 - June 25, 2010
Bullet  Atlanta, GA
  April 26, 2010 - April 30, 2010
Bullet  San Francisco, CA
  October 19, 2009 - October 23, 2009
Bullet  Lenexa, KS
  July 13, 2009 - July 17, 2009
Bullet  Baltimore, MD
  January 12, 2009 - January 16, 2009
Bullet  Baltimore, MD
  July 14, 2008 - July 18, 2008
Bullet  Seattle, WA
  May 05, 2008 - May 09, 2008
Bullet  Dallas, TX
  October 15, 2007 - October 19, 2007
Bullet  Arlington, VA
  June 11, 2007 - June 15, 2007
Bullet  San Francisco, CA
  March 05, 2007 - March 09, 2007
Bullet  Philadelphia, PA
  April 24, 2006 - April 28, 2006
Bullet  Phoenix, AZ
  January 30, 2006 - February 03, 2006
Bullet  Atlanta, GA
  December 05, 2005 - December 09, 2005
Bullet  Redondo Beach, CA
  June 06, 2005 - June 10, 2005
Bullet  Lenexa, KS
  April 04, 2005 - April 08, 2005
Bullet  Seattle, WA
  July 26, 2004 - July 30, 2004
Bullet  Dallas, TX
  April 19, 2004 - April 23, 2004
Bullet  Washington, DC
  March 22, 2004 - March 26, 2004
Bullet  Phoenix, AZ
  September 15, 2003 - September 19, 2003
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