Frequent Questions

What happens if EPA decides not to clean up a site near my home?

Under the Superfund program, only the most hazardous waste sites in the United States are cleaned up by or under the supervision of EPA. In many cases if EPA decides not to clean a site, local, state, or tribal governments will step in to perform the cleanup. Often EPA will help by providing resources and support, even when it has not taken the primary role in the cleanup.

If there is a site near you that EPA has decided not to clean, it is probably not a threat to human health or the environment. The site may be eligible for resources available through the Brownfields program, or it may require community intervention or a private developer to step in and make the land an active part of the community once again.

If you would like information about the Brownfields program, please visit the Brownfields section of the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) Web site.

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