The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is adding nine hazardous waste sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country to protect people’s health and the environment.
The nine new sites include a hazardous waste dump, a former fabric mill, a former automotive rubber manufacturer, a former oil refinery, a former uranium mine, and groundwater plumes. The sites are in Indiana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Washington.
The EPA is also proposing to add an additional eight sites to the list.
Since 1983, EPA has listed 1,694 sites on the NPL. At 68 percent of NPL sites, all cleanup remedies are in place. Approximately 38 percent of NPL sites have all necessary long-term protections in place, which means EPA considers the sites protective for redevelopment or reuse.