31 Jul '17, 2pm

EPA Adds Superfund Sites to National Priorities List to Clean Up Contamination

- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding seven, and proposing to add, four hazardous waste sites to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). Superfund, which Congress established in 1980, investigates and cleans up the nation’s most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites and converts them into community resources. The Superfund program is a cornerstone of the work the EPA performs for citizens and communities across the country. The Superfund law directs EPA to update the NPL annually. Only sites added to the NPL are eligible to receive federal funding for long-term permanent cleanup. EPA adds sites to the NPL when mismanagement of contamination threatens human health and the environment. EPA typically initiates Superfund involvement at a site because states, tribes or citizens ask for the agency’s help. The agency may als...

Full article: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-adds-superfund-sites...

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