The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is adding nine new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. The sites are located across seven states and include a former pulp and paper mill, former paint manufacturer, former chemical transportation business, and former zinc smelter. Some of the major contaminants of concern include metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and pesticides.
As with all NPL sites, the EPA first works to identify companies or people responsible for the contamination at a site, and requires them to conduct or pay for the cleanup. For the newly listed sites without viable potentially responsible parties, EPA will investigate the full extent of the contamination before starting significant cleanup at the site.
For more information, visit the EPA Website .