What Is a Superfund Site?


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A Superfund site is any land in the United States determined by the EPA to contain hazardous waste and selected for possible rehabilitation because it poses a risk to human health and the environment. Such a site is listed on the National Priorities List.

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What Is a Superfund Site?
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The EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response manages the Superfund program. It partners with states, local communities and other stakeholders in the site clean-up process, which includes construction of hazardous waste sites, removal action and enforcement against potential polluters.

Before joining the National Priorities List, a site goes through a Hazard Ranking System, and public opinion about it is considered.

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