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EPA Surpasses Two Environmental Indicators Goals

EPA announced today that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action Program has exceeded its Environmental Indicator goals related to the cleanup of 1,714 highest priority contaminated sites. In 1997, EPA set two Environmental Indicator goals—to control the migration of contaminated groundwater at 70 percent of facilities and control human exposures at 95 percent. As of September 2005, EPA and the states have surpassed these goals with 78 percent of facilities meeting the groundwater goal and 96 percent meeting the human exposures goal.

Ensuring that people are not exposed to hazardous chemicals released into soil, air, groundwater, or surface water at these sites is a top priority of the RCRA Corrective Action program. Facilities across the country, such as chemical plants, oil refineries, metal processors, and industrial landfills are among the 1,714 facilities targeted.

RCRA requires hazardous waste management facilities to clean up their own leaks, spills, and other environmental damage. EPA and state environmental agencies direct clean-up efforts, working closely with facility operators throughout to control and remediate releases. “By embracing comprehensive reforms that promote flexible and creative solutions,” said Tom Dunne, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, “EPA has shifted the focus from process to outcomes and measurably expedited cleanups.”

For more information, please visit EPA’s corrective action Web page at: http://www.epa.gov/correctiveaction/.

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