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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Cleanup Program Summaries

Region 2 manages and oversees a wide range of waste site cleanup and reuse programs. This section of the Web site provides a brief overview of these cleanup programs, detailed enforcement information, answers to frequently asked questions, and information regarding specific actions taken by the region. Brief summaries of the region's primary responsibilities are provided below to assist you in your navigation of this important topic:

Cleanup in the suburban community of Love Canal, NY, one of the nation's first Superfund sitesSuperfund: 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.

RCRA 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.


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