Cleanup in EPA Region 8
Superfund: EPA's Superfund program was established in 1980 to locate, investigate, and clean up hazardous waste sites throughout the United States. EPA Region 8's Superfund program oversees long-term cleanups at National Priorities List (NPL) sites, short-term cleanups ("removal actions") and response to chemical and oil spill emergencies.
Brownfields: Brownfields are defined as real properties, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. EPA's Brownfields Program provides funds and technical assistance to states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.
Corrective Action: Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program, facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous wastes are required to clean up environmental contaminants at their sites. Cleanup at these facilities is termed RCRA corrective action.
Revitalization: EPA is undertaking a broad initiative to revitalize our nation's land and water resources. This Revitalization Initiative focuses on the cleanup, reuse and restoration of contaminated sites as mutually supportive goals.
Other Cleanup Programs: A number of other federal and state programs are active in assessing, cleaning up, and reusing waste sites, including underground storage tank programs, oil spill prevention/response and state-administered programs.