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There is a mine tailings pile and large area of soil contaminated by wind-blown particulate. In addition, the ground water under the pile is contaminated and there are contaminated sediments in a nearby stream. How many sources are there?

Two. The tailings pile and the area of contaminated soil. The contaminated ground water and surface water sediments are considered releases from the sources.

If an intact drum of hazardous substances is found lying in a field, is it a CERCLA release?

Yes, if the drum has been "abandoned or discarded."


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