Frequent Questions

How are communities affected by Superfund cleanups?

The idea of having hazardous waste in your community may be troubling, and the effects of such contamination vary from site to site. Some communities experience health problems, while others experience depressed property values and losses of tax revenue as sites remain unoccupied and unused during the assessment and cleanup process. Once the site has been identified as a Superfund site, EPA does everything in it's power to keep communities involved in and informed about the Superfund cleanup process happening in their backyards. Over the years EPA has developed numerous resources to help communities feel as comfortable as they can with the Superfund cleanup. For more information about these resources, please see the following:

Superfund Today: Focus on Risk Assessment - an issue of the Superfund newsletter that explains how EPA estimates the risk a site poses to human health and the environment now and in the future, and how the risk assessment is used to make cleanup decisions.

Superfund Today: Focus on Superfund Resources - an issue of the Superfund newsletter that describes many of the resources available to communities.

Superfund Today: Focus on the Community Advisory Group (CAG) Program - an issue of the Superfund newsletter that explains how concerned citizens can become involved in the Superfund process by becoming part of a Community Advisory Group (CAG).

Basic Information - an area of our Web site that describes the Superfund assessment and cleanup processes and how communities are involved.

Communities in the area of Superfund Cleanup sites will gain a new land resource in their midst while playing a key role in determining what that land use should be.

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