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Top Subjects of Interest: Superfund Sites

Superfund is the common name for the laws that authorize the federal government or the state to take care of certain contaminated sites.

Federal Superfund Sites in Texas

The federal Superfund program Exit the TCEQ enables the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address properties contaminated by hazardous substances where contamination poses the greatest threat to human health and the environment. The EPA has the legal authority to compel parties responsible for the contamination to clean up sites or reimburse the government for EPA-led cleanups. If there are no responsible parties, the EPA will clean up the sites using money from the federal Superfund program.

Texas provides technical support to the EPA in the cleanup of Texas sites that are on the National Priorities List Exit the TCEQ, the EPA’s list of national priorities among known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants.

State Superfund Sites

Texas has a state Superfund program to address sites that do not qualify for the federal program. Like the federal Superfund program, state law and regulations protect the public by requiring responsible parties to fund or conduct environmental response actions, and providing for the use of state funds for cleanup when there are no viable responsible parties.

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