This report presents information about contamination at Superfund sites in the United States and potential health hazards for surrounding communities. Currently there are approximately 1,300 of these abandoned or uncontrolled toxic waste sites scheduled for cleanup on the National Priorities List (NPL). See Scorecard's overview of Superfund.
Data Source: Scorecard's profiles of Superfund sites are derived from multiple sources dating from 1993 to 2004. Primary sources include: NPL Fact Sheets maintained by EPA regions, and four EPA databases: the Superfund National Assessment Program (SNAP), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) database in Envirofacts; the Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) database; and the Remedial Program Managers (RPM) database.
Note: Scorecard's profiles of land contamination are compiled from a variety of U.S. EPA databases, but there is limited information about many potentially significant sources of contamination. Scorecard's profiles of Superfund sites are limited to final and proposed
sites on the National Priority List, and are derived from multiple sources dating from 1993 to 2004. Numerous other sources of land contamination, such as state superfund sites, brownfields, nonhazardous waste disposal facilities, and other land contamination sources are not currently profiled because they are not tracked in national datasets.