HistoryFirst thing’s first, how do you know if properties near you are designated cleanup sites? The EPA has created a National Priorities List of sites with “known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States.” These sites are known as “Superfund” sites. What is a Superfund? Well, in response to unregulated toxic waste sites that proved dangerous in the 1970s, the United States government passed CERCLA, or the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. CERCLA, informally referred to as “Superfund,” allows the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up sites and regulate waste disposal by companies. Once you navigate to the National Priorities List linked above, click on your state to see properties near you that qualify as a Superfund site. Other environmental databases list other historic and active cleanup sites, as well as facilities that handle hazardous materials.
When are surrounding cleanup sites a problem?According to our team of engineers, chemical releases within ⅛ of a mile from your property and are up-gradient or at higher elevation, are typically of concern. Chemical releases can include:
- Petroleum products
- Chlorinated solvents
- Hazardous materials