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 EPA Superfund Program Benefits

 The Superfund program provides important benefits for people and the environment:

  • Recent academic research, from the study Superfund Cleanups and Infant Health, demonstrated that investment in Superfund cleanups reduces the incidence of birth defects for those living within 2,000 meters (or 2,187 yards) of a site.

  • Another academic study found that residential property values within three miles of Superfund sites increased 18.6-24.5 percent when sites were cleaned up and deleted from the National Priorities List.

  • In fiscal year 2014 alone, 450 of the 850 sites where some kind of reuse is occurring indicate that the ongoing operations of approximately 3,470 businesses are generating annual sales over $65.1 billion and employing over 89,000 people, who are earning a combined income of $6.0 billion.
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Superfund is the federal government's program to clean up the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. We're committed to ensuring that remaining National Priorities List hazardous waste sites are cleaned up to protect the environment and the health of all Americans.

This website provides topical information for the general public and for those involved in the Superfund program. On this site, you'll find information about Superfund sites in your area, the health effects of common contaminants, cleanup efforts, the economic benefits of this program and how you can become involved in cleanup activities in your community.

Superfund Topics:

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Basic Information

Get information about the major Superfund operations involved in discovering and cleaning up hazardous waste sites. Find out how Superfund partners with other EPA offices and outside agencies to achieve its goals.

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Superfund Sites Where You Live

Find out if there is a Superfund site near your home, what kind of contaminants the site has, and what is being done to clean up the site.

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Contaminated Media, Human Health, and Environmental Effects

Learn about specific contaminants such as lead and mercury, or what happens when contaminants are present in the ground, water and air.

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Accomplishments, Benefits & Performance Measures

Read about Superfund cleanup success stories and learn how the Superfund program meets the goals of EPA's strategic plan.

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Cleanup Process

Find out about how sites are placed on the National Priorities List, alternatives for cleaning up these sites, and ways to reuse sites for new development.

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Climate Change Adaptation

Learn about steps being taken to ensure that Superfund remedies are resilient to flooding, extreme weather conditions, and other potential impacts of climate change.

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Community Involvement

Help clean up a Superfund site in your community. Learn how to apply for grants, participate in advisory groups and return a community site to beneficial use.

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Training & Learning Center

Obtain professional training through Trainex. Many training opportunities are reserved specifically for federal and state regulators.

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Laws, Policy & Guidance

Locate detailed information about the laws and regulations that govern the Superfund program including CERCLA, the Oil Pollution Act and the National Contingency Plan.

EPA Report Environmental Violations


Learn about how the EPA enforces cleanup funding and activities.

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Related Links

Find out about the various programs which may get involved in Superfund site cleanup efforts.

Superfund News

EPA Releases Technical Guides to Support Vapor Intrusion Assessment and Mitigation Activities. Read More ...

EPA Seeks Small Entity Input on Financial Responsibility Requirements for Hardrock Mining Industry. Read More ...

EPA, Utah DEQ, Midvale City, Salt Lake County celebrate the removal of the former Midvale Slag site from Superfund list. Read More ...

Fiscal Year 2014 Superfund Accomplishment Summary. Read More ...

Settlement Agreement in Anadarko Fraud Case Results in Billions for Environmental Cleanups Across the Country. Read More ...

Roebling Steel Superfund Site Cleanup Deemed a Success. Read More ...

National Geographic Features Superfund Cleanups in "Wasteland" article. Read More ...

EPA Releases final Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund cleanup plan. Read More ...

EPA Issues First "Re-use" Awards for New England Superfund Sites. Read More ...

Another Successful Year of Hudson River Cleanup Draws to a Close; One More Year of Dredging Expected Read More ...

EPA and Partners Celebrate Reduced Lead Exposure in Children; Blood lead levels in children around Tar Creek site in Okla. greatly reduced. Read More ...

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