Frequent Questions

What would happen if Superfund sites were not cleaned up?

EPA cleans up the most hazardous accidents and waste sites in the United States. If they were left alone, most of them would pose serious threats to human health, the environment, or both: The work performed under the Superfund program is especially important as people continue to move into and develop land that used to be far from cities and towns (urban sprawl). Many of the sites Superfund deals with were contaminated years ago, before people were aware of how dangerous it is to dump chemicals and industrial waste onto the ground or into water. Left untreated, these chemicals can get into human drinking supplies, the air, and the soil and contaminate a much larger area than the original waste site occupied.

To learn more, please see CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substances or the Cleanup Process page.

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