US EPA Grants A Billion USD To Superfund Cleanups Of Unsafe Waste

by | Feb 28, 2024 | Daily News, Environmental News

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On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed a $1 billion fund allocation into the federal Superfund cleanups program, aiming to clean up 25 toxic waste sites across 15 states. This funding boost, marking the third and final instalment of the $3.5 billion allocated under the 2021 infrastructure law signed by President Joe Biden, will also provide additional support for ongoing efforts at numerous other sites. The funds are intended to address a backlog of hazardous locations, including old landfills, mines, and manufacturing facilities that fall under the purview of the 44-year-old Superfund program.

Superfund Cleanups

Sites with a long history of contamination set for remediation include a former smelting plant in East Helena, Montana; an antiquated textile mill in Greenville, South Carolina; and a beach area in New Jersey marred by lead battery casings and other hazardous materials used for constructing a seawall and jetty nearly six decades ago.

Among the recipients of the new funding is the Raritan Bay Superfund site in Old Bridge, New Jersey, which is one of three Superfund sites in the state slated for financial support. New Jersey is among several states with multiple projects included in the latest round of federal spending. Pennsylvania will see funding for four sites, including the former Valmont Industrial Park in West Hazleton, while California and New York will each receive funding for three and two sites, respectively.

The funds will also be utilized to accelerate the cleanup of 85 existing Superfund projects throughout the United States, according to the EPA. The agency is committed to addressing a longstanding backlog in the Superfund program, established in 1980, to remediate sites contaminated with hazardous substances. The EPA reports that there are over 1,300 Superfund sites scattered across the country.

Numerous contaminated sites are scattered across the nation due to the improper disposal of hazardous waste, often through illegal dumping, exposure in open areas, or inadequate management practices. These sites include manufacturing areas, processing plants, landfills, and mines. Superfund cleanups play a crucial role in revitalizing polluted properties and generating employment opportunities in communities facing excessive burdens. The transformed sites can be repurposed for various uses, such as public parks, retail establishments, office spaces, residences, and the generation of solar power, as stated by the EPA.

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