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Years ago, many wastes were dumped on the ground, in rivers or left out in the open. As a result, thousands of uncontrolled or abandoned contaminated sites were created. Some common contaminated sites include abandoned warehouses, manufacturing facilities, processing plants and landfills. In response to growing concern over health and environmental risks posed by these contaminated sites, Congress established the Superfund program in 1980 to clean up these sites. The Superfund program is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in cooperation with individual states. In New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection's (NJDEP) Site Remediation Program oversees the Superfund program. For more information on the Superfund Program, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Federal regulations, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) require that a National Priorities List (NPL) of sites throughout the United States be maintained and revised at least annually. For a list of Superfund sites, please see EPA's List of cleanup up sites in New Jersey.

Contacts:

NJDEP Site Remediation Program
Office of Community Relations
(609) 984-3081 or 1-800-253-5647
http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/community

USEPA Region II
Community Relations Office
(212) 637-3675
http://www.epa.gov/region2/

 

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