What is a Superfund site?
Superfund sites are locations polluted with hazardous materials.

What is Superfund?
Superfund is the name given to the environmental program established to address abandoned hazardous waste sites. It is also the name of the fund established by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended. This law allows the EPA to clean up such sites and to compel responsible parties to perform cleanups or reimburse the government for EPA-led clean-ups.

How does the Superfund clean-up process work?
The Superfund clean-up process is complex. It involves the steps taken to assess sites, place them on the National Priorities List, and establish and implement appropriate cleanup plans. This is the long-term cleanup process which usually takes years to accomplish. The EPA has the responsibility

  • to conduct removal actions  where immediate action needs to be taken to protect public health or negative impact to the environment;
  • to enforce against potentially responsible parties;
  • to ensure community involvement;

For more information and EPA updates on the Clearview and Folcroft Landfills, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lower Darby Creek Area website.

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