The EPA sets their sights on toxic areas that in need of quick clear up.
‘Superfund’ sights across America are being targeted for clean up by the EPA, despite cuts to funds made by the Trump administration.
Superfund sights are areas that have been contaminated in one way or another and have been deemed unsafe for human habitation.
These sites have often just been left to rot, leaving blemished on the landscape and include everything from a former tannery site in New Hampshire, a WWII contaminated landfill site and old copper mines in Nevada left over from the gold rush.
Since Trump was inaugurated however, the Environmental Protection Agency have seen a certain degree of cuts to their funding, leaving projects such as this a struggle to carry out.
The EPA have stated that:
“there is no commitment of additional funding associated with a site’s inclusion on the list.”
Nevertheless, Administrator Scott Pruitt has committed to carrying on the clean up of these sites which was started in a program for years ago.
“By elevating these sites, we are sending a message that EPA is, in fact, restoring its Superfund program to its rightful place at the center of the agency’s mission,”
“Getting toxic land sites cleaned up and revitalized is of the utmost importance to the communities across the country that are affected by these sites.”
Political scientist at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs David Konisky has questioned the list, stating that have been some strange inclusions.
“I do find the rationale for inclusion on the list to be strange,”
“The EPA selected sites based on the ability of the Administrator to help achieve an upcoming milestone or site-specific action. This strikes me as mostly about creating a credit-claiming opportunity for Pruitt, rather than prioritizing additional resources to sites where communities face the most significant health risks.”
Around 1,300 Superfund sites exist nationwide, and Pruitt’s work is just the start of this work, which he has called “vital”.
Via Washington Post