Call for Justice at Superfund Sites
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Federal Superfund toxic site cleanup program. It also is the beginning of a new administration at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson committing to address environmental injustices. CHEJ is working with grassroots groups across the country to urge the federal agency to correct environmental injustices at toxic sites that occurred under the Bush-era EPA.
Over 110 organizations have sent letters to EPA asking them to take action at some of the nation’s worst sites, including Idaho’s Bunker Hill Mine site, Texas’s Asarco lead smelter site, and New York’s Onondaga Lake site. In all these cases, EPA did not meet the intent of the Federal Superfund law which prioritizes permanent cleanup remedies and treatment technologies, and instead selected cheap, unsafe “cleanup” methods. CHEJ will be working to spur EPA’s attention on other toxic sites, such as Ohio’s Uniontown Industrial Excess Landfill with more than 780,000 tons of toxic waste. For more information or to get involved, contact email@example.com