Superfund is the name given to the environmental program established to address abandoned hazardous waste sites. It is also the name of the fund established by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended. This law was enacted in the wake of the discovery of toxic waste dumps such as Love Canal and Times Beach in the 1970s. It allows the EPA to clean up such sites and to compel responsible parties to perform cleanups or reimburse the government for EPA-lead cleanups.
Superfund is the name given to abandoned hazardous sites that are managed by the EPA under CERCLA law. Superfund works to remove the hazard, enforce responsibility of involved parties, insure involvement of the states and communities and work towards long-term prevention of future hazard. Sites can be former companies that used chemicals, industrial parks, landfills, military operations, refineries or even farms, for example. The Superfund process involves extensive testing and documentation as well as engineering, construction and monitoring that takes years for a single site. For a list of local sites, visit the link below.
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