What does Superfund do?
The Superfund Program helps clean up the environment. Many areas of the environment are contaminated with hazardous waste. Years ago, people did not know that throwing hazardous waste on the ground might hurt humans, animals, and the environment. Many wastes were dumped on the ground, thrown into rivers, or left out in the open. The waste was polluting the environment and making a mess. When Superfund started in 1980, the Environmental Protection Agency - known as the EPA - started to clean up the some of these messes. The areas that are the most polluted are called Superfund sites. There are over 1,300 Superfund sites across the country.