Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.
Cleanup Program Summaries
Superfund: EPA's Superfund Program was established in 1980 under the Comprehensive Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to locate, investigate and clean up hazardous waste sites throughout the United States. The EPA Region 2 program oversees long-term cleanups at National Priorities List (NPL) and other sites, short-term cleanups ("removal actions") and responses to chemical and oil spill emergencies.
Brownfields: Brownfields are defined as real properties, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. EPA's Brownfields Program provides funds and technical assistance to states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.
Corrective Action: Under the Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act (RCRA) program, facilities that treat,
store, or dispose of hazardous wastes are required to clean up
environmental contaminants at their sites. Cleanup at these facilities
is termed RCRA corrective action.
Other Cleanup Programs: A number of other federal and state programs are active in assessing, cleaning up, and reusing waste sites, including underground storage tank programs, oil spill prevention/response and state-administered programs.