Superfund cleanup program
The 1980 Superfund Act was established to clean up heavily polluted areas contaminated by the toxic wastes of bankrupt companies. In 2010, there were 1,280 Superfund cleanup sites with another 62 sites likely to be added to this list. About 30% of these Superfund sites are “orphaned” sites where no responsible party is present or able to pay for cleanup. As of 2010, 347 contaminated sites had been remediated and removed from the cleanup list. There are nearly 50 million Americans currently living within 3 miles of a Superfund site. However, fewer toxic sites are being cleaned up due to cuts in the Superfund program. The EPA also cites the increasing size and complexity of decontaminating these remaining sites for the cleanup slowdown. Most Superfund cleanup costs are now being paid by taxpayers. Critics say this amounts to abandoning the principle that “the polluter pays” on which the Superfund program was founded.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.2768 - Superfund Reinvestment Act

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