Cleaning Superfund and Other Toxic Sites
The U.S. has laws, including the Superfund program, to require polluters to clean up the country’s most toxic places. Under Superfund, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to identify the parties responsible for hazards waste sites nationwide and to make them help pay to clean up their pollution. This program helps keep corporations and government agencies like the military from ruining our land, air and water without consequence. Many states also have toxic cleanup laws.
Today, more than 1,300 sites are on Superfund’s national priorities list. About 53 million people in the United States live within 3 miles of a Superfund site. That’s why PEER is working to expose efforts to scale back the program, letting polluters off the hook and endangering the health of communities around the nation.