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What is the Superfund process?

What is the Superfund process?

The Superfund cleanup process begins with site discovery or notification to EPA of possible releases of hazardous substances. Sites are discovered by various parties, including citizens, State agencies, and EPA Regional offices.

What is an example of a Superfund site?

* Berkeley Pit is a defunct open-pit copper mine near Butte, Mont. It’s been slowly filling up with water that is highly acidic and laced with metals. The EPA issued a cleanup plan in 1994, but it’s still negotiating with companies over who is responsible for paying the bill.

What defines a Superfund site?

Superfund sites are polluted locations in the United States requiring a long-term response to clean up hazardous material contaminations. They were designated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980.

What does the Superfund program do?

EPA’s Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation’s most contaminated land and responding to environmental emergencies, oil spills and natural disasters.

What does the Superfund program pay for?

Superfund, U.S. government fund intended to pay for the cleanup of hazardous-waste dump sites and spills. The 1980 act creating it called for financing by a combination of general revenues and taxes on polluting industries.

How does the Superfund process work?

How does it work? The Superfund process is extremely complex, and involves a large amount of steps and processes that vary based on the severity and location of the site. For nearly all sites, the process goes as follows: 1. A site is identified, assessed, and then placed on the EPA’s National Priorities List. 2.

What is the principal purpose of the Superfund?

Superfund is a United States federal government program designed to fund the cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances and pollutants. Sites managed under this program are referred to as “Superfund” sites.

What does Superfund stand for?

Superfund is the common name for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, a United States federal law designed to clean up sites contaminated with hazardous substances.