Frequent Questions

What is a Superfund site?

A Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment.

"There are tens of thousands of abandoned hazardous waste sites in our nation, and accidental releases occur daily. At the core of the Superfund program is a system of identification and prioritization that allows the most dangerous sites and releases to be addressed within the confines of limited Federal funding and human resources. ...The first step in the Superfund process is to identify abandoned or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.

All sites where releases or potential releases have been reported are listed in the "Superfund Enterprise Management System (SEMS)".
(Source: Superfund Hotline Training Module-January 1997 - The Superfund Response Process)

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