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Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England

Basics

This area of the Web site provides an overview of how Superfund works in cleaning up hazardous waste sites. Review the Superfund glossary to become familiar with some common terms related to hazardous waste sites and learn how the cleanup process works.

How did the Superfund program begin?

The Superfund program was established by the U.S. Congress on December 11, 1980, through the passing of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Since then, a variety of laws and policies, many of which have changed over the years, continue to govern the work of the Superfund program:

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