WASHINGTON (CN) - The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that nine new sites from Midland, Texas to Elkton, Md., warrant further investigation and clean-up plans due to hazardous waste contamination.
The EPA proposes to add the sites to the National Priorities List of the National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan, as so called Superfund clean-up sites.
All nine sites have had a release of a hazardous substance or substances that threatens the public by exposure through ground water, surface water, soil exposure or the air.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act requires that that the Superfund list be maintained to guide the EPA in determining which sites contaminated by hazardous waste warrant further investigation and clean-up plans.
The term "Superfund" refers to the trust fund established under the act to investigate sites placed on the priorities list and to pursue enforcement action and payment for clean-up of the sites when necessary. There currently are 62 sites proposed for addition to the list of 1281 sites which have been added since the act was passed. Some 346 sites have been deleted from the list after clean-up actions at the sites were completed.
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