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Superfund Sites Keep Growing

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Back in the late 80’s and 90’s the media was ablaze over Superfund sites found in the U.S. For those of you born after the year 1990, Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most hazardous polluted sites in the country.  The program is part of the U.S. EPA’s responsibility in keeping us safe from pollutants.  Superfund sites are rarely the focus of today’s media pundits.  And that is something that needs to be changed.  In 1989 there were 799 Superfund sites around the country that were on the list.  In 2010 there are 1270 Superfund sites listed.  Even though the number has grown, there have been sites that have been cleaned up and remediated to the government’s satisfaction.  In 1989 16 Superfund sites were de-listed.  In 2010 340 sites were de-listed from the Superfund roll call.  Every year new ones are added.  Assessing a contaminated site, getting it added to the Superfund list takes years, and then it takes even more time to remediate the site.   It’s an arduous process that has lost its sexiness in the media.  Just as public service, EPA yesterday announced the addition of the following sites that need to be fixed.   Perhaps one of these locations is close to you:

Armstrong World Industries in Macon Georgia

Dwyer ground water plume in Elkton, Maryland

Washington County in Caledonia, Missouri

Horton Iron and Metal in Wilmington, North Carolina

Mansfield Trail Dump in Byram, New Jersey

Cabo Rojo ground water in Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico

Hormigas ground water in Caguas, Puerto Rico

West County ground water in Midland, Texas

Milford Aquifer, Ohio

Photo Credit: U.S. EPA

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