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Superfund Today: A Superfund Site In My "Backyard"!

Revised January 1999
What Can I Do?

Do you know how to find out about the cleanup of a hazardous waste site in your community? Do you know how you can participate? The Superfund program has many ways for people in communities to be a part of the cleanup process. You can join or help form a group that can have a say in decisions made about cleaning up sites; money is available to help people in these groups understand what is going on during the cleanup process. The Superfund program is working hard to help people in communities play a role in the cleanup efforts.

Playing an Active Role

There are more than 1,200 sites on the National Priorities List (NPL), which is EPA's list of the country's most serious hazardous waste sites eligible for cleanup under the Superfund program. You may live near one of these sites, or near one of Superfund's removal sites, which is a site where emergency cleanup activities are being conducted, even though the site is not on the NPL. If you are a concerned citizen, the first step in playing an active role is getting clear and accurate information. EPA and the Superfund program have many ways for you and other people in your community to get this information. By learning about the site and the cleanup process, you can become a part of the effort to clean up the environment in your community.

How to Get the Facts

This issue of Superfund Today is a fold-out poster that can help you get the facts you need. When you have questions, you need to know where to go for answers. What is the Superfund program? How does the cleanup process work? Where can you find out about what is going on at a site? How can you have a say in choosing how a site will be cleaned up? Can you or your family's health be affected by chemicals at the site? How can you have a say about what will happen to the site once it is cleaned up? This issue of Superfund Today can help you find out.

Focusing on Superfund Resources . . . Getting Started

So, you want to find out what's going on...but where do you start? There are a lot of ways you can get the facts. Inside this issue of Superfund Today is a fold-out poster that tells you who to call, where to go, and what kinds of information you can get-over the phone, in writing, and through your computer. You can begin by calling or writing the person in your EPA regional office who coordinates cleanup efforts in your area. You can visit the place where information on the site in your area is kept. You can order written materials from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). If you have a computer and know how to use the Internet, there are many places to look for information electronically. If you are a teacher, there are also many ways you and your students can get information to use in your classroom.

Understanding the Technical Information

Are you confused by the words used by engineers and scientists working to clean up hazardous waste? Do you want to understand what the laws and regulations mean? Superfund provides grants for people in communities to hire technical advisors, go to training classes, and get supplies and equipment to help them understand what is going on at a site. Using the poster inside, you can find out how groups in communities affected by hazardous wastes sites can get the help they need from the Superfund program.


This issue of Superfund Today contains the following information:

 

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