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Preserving and restoring land is one of EPA's most important goals. Unchecked waste, hazardous or otherwise, can contaminate round and surface water, as well as the air. Region 2's efforts in preserving and restoring land are focused primarily on reducing waste generation, promoting recycling, preventing spills, and releases of toxic materials, and cleaning up contaminated land and facilities. We are working on a portfolio of projects addressing a number of specific waste products including lead, electronics, hospital wastes, mercury, and construction and demolition debris.

High Point State Park, New JerseyThere is a variety of EPA programs and laws that address land including Brownfields, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (otherwise known as Superfund), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (otherwise known as RCRA) and the Underground Storage Tank program. While the laws differ depending on the status of a specific site, the intent is the same: to restore land for current and future generations. This may involve the removal of a specific source of contamination or a large scale remediation of a contaminated building or public space.

To learn more about EPA's various programs to restore the land, and to find sites where those restorations are planned, ongoing or complete, visit our cleanup page.


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