Superfund Enforcement

The Superfund Enforcement program gets Superfund sites cleaned up by finding the companies or people responsible for contamination at a site, and negotiating with them to do the clean up themselves, or to pay for the clean up done by another party (i.e., EPA, state, or other responsible parties).

Logo for 35th anniversary of Superfund enforcement programDecember 11, 2015, marks 35 years since the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, commonly knows as Superfund, was enacted. The commitment that responsible parties make to conduct or pay for the cleanup of Superfund sites is driven primarily by settlements and EPA orders. Read more about Superfund enforcement's 35 years of protecting communities and the environment.

If a responsible party does not agree to do the cleanup, EPA can issue an order to do certain work, or work with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to pursue the party through the federal court system. If a party is out of compliance with an order or settlement, the Superfund enforcement program takes action to bring them into compliance. Such action may include: referring the case to DOJ for enforcement, assessing penalties, and/or taking over the work. Visit EPA's Superfund program website for information on how EPA cleans up Superfund sites and administers the Superfund program.

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