Congress Passes Superfund Act

1980

Congress Passes Superfund Act

In response to the Love Canal disaster and the environmental contamination at the Valley of the Drums, Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liabilities Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund.

The Superfund law was created to protect people, families, communities, and others from heavily contaminated toxic waste sites that have been abandoned. Superfund provides broad federal authority to clean up releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment.

As of September 13, 2010, there are 1,276 sites listed on the Superfund National Priority List, an additional 344 sites have been delisted, and 61 new sites have been proposed.