Scrubbing Up The Epa's Superfund Record

Regarding your article "The toxic mess called Superfund" (Top of the News, May 11), it is true that 84 of the 1,245 priority sites have been cleaned up, but this is a serious understatement of the actual progress in environmental improvement. Over the past 11 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has identified over 30,000 potential hazardous waste sites. We investigated each site to determine whether serious risks exist and to identify the best course of action to take where necessary. To date, the EPA has completed environmental cleanup at over 2,400 of the worst sites in the U.S. Investigation shows that many of the remaining sites can be cleaned up by state or local governments or do not require any action at all.

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