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Region 2 Superfund

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


The 1978 discovery of toxic chemicals beneath the suburban infrastructure of Love Canal, in Niagara Falls, New York first illuminated the consequences of environmental neglect. For decades, many American businesses had disposed of hazardous waste improperly, contaminating tens of thousands of sites nationally, including nearly 250 within Region 2 alone. Accidents, spills, and leaks of hazardous materials resulted in land, water, and air that pose immediate and potential threats to public and environmental health.

Citizen reaction to these localized threats led Congress to establish the Superfund Program in 1980, an initiative designed to locate, investigate, and clean up the most hazardous sites nationwide. Superfund is officially called CERCLA, or the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. The EPA administers the Superfund Program in cooperation with individual states and tribal governments.

The national EPA office that oversees management of the program is the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI). The sites dealt with under Superfund are listed on the NPL, or National Priorities List. Superfund constitutes a crucial environmental and economic precedent within American legislative history.

Program Links

1980 legislation to locate, investigate, and clean up hazardous waste sites in the United States

Links By Region
Find cleanup information and sites where you live and work

EPA program providing funds for the redevelopment of real properties contaminated with hazardous waste

RCRA Corrective Action
Requires facilities managing hazardous waste to clean up environmental contaminants


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