Superfund in North Carolina
In 1980, the federal government enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund, to help pay for the cleanup of abandoned hazardous waste sites.
Hazardous waste sites are sites that contain substances that, if released, can be harmful human health or the environment.
The National Priorities List (NPL) is a list of the nation’s hazardous waste sites compiled by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).
The NPL is intended primarily to guide the US EPA in determining which sites warrant further investigation and which courses of action will be most appropriate to cleanup the site for safe future use. NPL sites can be removed from the national listing after all appropriate responses have occurred and the site no longer poses a significant threat to public health or the environment.
This program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (#P42ES005948).