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What about pollution and other clean-ups? And what’s Superfund?

February 3, 2017

The EPA oversees cleanups ranging from polluted sediment to oil spills to leaking storage tanks.

Perhaps its best-known cleanup program is Superfund, established by Congress in 1980 to clean up hazardous waste sites that often were abandoned. It allows the EPA to sue industries that contributed to the pollution to try to get them to complete the cleanups or reimburse the federal government for doing the work. There are more than 1,300 Superfund sites across the U.S., and more than 1,000 are under evaluation to see if they should be added to the list.