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On October 1, 2015, we anticipate introducing a new look and improved functionality to this website. In addition to the visible changes and navigation, we will be expanding public access to our extensive collection of electronic Superfund records.

Cleaning up the Nation's Hazardous Waste Sites

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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 ofreuse is occurring indicate that the ongoing operations of more than 3,400 businesses are generating annual sales of more than $31 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.

Grand Calumet River, a Great Lakes Legacy Act cleanup involving multipleSuperfund AOCs

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

Former Brick Township Superfund Site Gets Remake as Solar Power Farm. Read More ...

EPA Administrator Participates in Spartanburg ReGenesis Project Celebration. Read More ...

Navajo Nation to Receive $13.2 Million for Cleanup Evaluation of Abandoned Uranium Mines. Read More ...

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

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