Created in 1980, The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, established the “superfund” program to cleanup the most deadly contaminated areas in the nation. With only 375 sites cleaned up since the start of the program, there are about 1,337 “national priority list”sites remaining and another 53 places waiting to be designated a national priority.
With all the work still needing to be done, you’d think the Environmental Protection Agency would send its people to new areas in desperate need of reclamation, you’d be wrong.
The EPA hasn’t reassigned staff since 1987, saying that doing so would be “substantial disruptive.”
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So, if the EPA isn’t going to send staff to new locations to do clean up work, why bother designating anymore additional sites?