Frequent Questions

How are Superfund sites discovered?

The release of hazardous substances may be discovered by various means, including: notifications by those that handled hazardous materials, investigations by state, tribal or local governments, inventory efforts by government agencies, review of state and Federal records, formal citizen petitions, and informal community observation and notification. Sites are discovered by various environmental stakeholders including local and state agencies, businesses, the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and by citizens. You can report potential hazardous waste sites to your state and local authorities or to the National Response Center Hotline, 1-800-424-8802, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.      

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