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Superfund Program Implements the Recovery Act

EPA will use the $600 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Recovery Act”) to help clean up Superfund sites across the nation.  The funding will accelerate ongoing cleanup activities or initiate new construction projects at 51 Superfund sites, boosting local economies by creating and maintaining jobs while also protecting human health and the environment. 

EPA made decisions about which projects to fund based on a variety of factors. Some factors EPA considered include:

  • Construction readiness;
  • Human and ecological risk; and
  • Opportunities to reduce project costs and schedules.

EPA anticipates that the benefits of applying stimulus funds to the Superfund program will include:

  • Acceleration of existing projects;
  • Investment in new projects;
  • Faster return of sites to productive use; and
  • Potential acceleration of “green remediation” technology.

View the Superfund Recovery Plan submitted to OMB on May 15, 2009 on EPA's site in PDF format (10 pp., 166 KB, about PDF files ) or on recovery.gov in HTML format.