Superfund National Accomplishments Summary Fiscal Year 2005 As of November 22, 2005
EPA's Superfund Program obligated $524 million to perform construction and post-construction activities and to conduct and oversee emergency response actions.
- Obligated $404 million in appropriated funds, State cost-share contributions, and potentially responsible party settlement resources for construction and post-construction projects.
- Obligated $120 million to conduct more than 400 emergency response and removal actions to address immediate and substantial threats to communities.
EPA funded new construction
- Obligated nearly $70 million in appropriated funds, State cost-share contributions, and potentially responsible party settlement resources for 17 new construction projects ranked by the National Risk-Based Priority Panel at 15 National Priorities List (NPL) sites.
Superfund is working on hundreds of construction projects
- Conducted or oversaw 665 ongoing construction projects (by EPA, potentially responsible parties, and federal facilities) at 422 sites. Federal facilities accounted for 220 of these ongoing projects.
- Completed construction phase of cleanup at 40 sites across the country for a total of 966 or 62% of the sites on the NPL.
The Superfund remedial program prepared for future cleanup efforts
- Listed 18 new sites on the NPL, and proposed 12 sites for the NPL.
Obligated more than $214 million in appropriated funds, State cost-share contributions, and potentially responsible party settlement resources to conduct and oversee:
- Site assessments and investigations
- Selection and design of cleanup plans
- Support for State, Tribal, community involvement activities, and other activities.
- Selected final cleanup plans at 39 sites, including 5 federal facilities sites. This brings the cumulative total of sites with final cleanup plans to approximately 67% of 1547 NPL sites.
Superfund ensures the protection of human health and the environment after construction is complete
- Conducted 247 Five-Year Reviews, including 27 Reviews at federal facilities sites. These Reviews are conducted to ensure that protective measures for waste that has been secured on-site remain intact.
- Deleted 18 sites, including 1 federal facility, and partially deleted 5 sites from the NPL.
Superfund actively promotes community involvement
- In 2005, EPA participated on 131 active Restoration Advisory Boards (RABs) and Site Specific Advisory Boards (SSABs) at Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Energy facilities (DOE), respectively, on the NPL. RABs and SSABs provide a forum for concerned stakeholders and community members to provide input on DoD's and DOE's environmental activities at individual facilities.
- Underscoring EPA's commitment to the "polluter pays" principle, the Agency secured private party funding commitments of more than $1.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2005. Of this amount, potentially responsible parties agreed to conduct more than $857 million in future response work, and to reimburse EPA for $248 million in past costs.
Superfund faces constraints
- In Fiscal Year 2005, 50 percent of Superfund obligations for construction and post-construction activities went to 11 sites.
- Due to EPA's priority to fund ongoing work, less funding was available for new construction projects, and EPA did not have enough resources to fund 9 new construction projects evaluated by the National Priority Panel and that were ready for construction.
1 Cost data are from CERCLIS as of 10/17/2005
Disclaimer: These data represent a "snapshot in time" and future numbers may change based on data quality reviews, updates, corrections and changes to report select logic.