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EPA Releases Annual Superfund Report

Release Date: 10/04/2005
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Contact: Kerry Humphrey, 202-564-4355 /

(10/4/05) EPA's Superfund program has released its Fiscal Year 2004 Annual Report. The report outlines the current progress of the Superfund program as the EPA works to increase community participation, strengthen public and private partnerships, enhance cleanup effectiveness and consistency in program implementation, streamline the enforcement process and optimize the use of fairness initiatives, encourage beneficial reuse and revitalization of sites following cleanup and ensure that remedies continue to protect human health.

Report highlights:
The Superfund program spent $507 million to perform construction and post-construction activities and to conduct and oversee emergency response actions.
EPA obligated $104 million of appropriated funds, state cost share, and responsible party settlement resources for 27 new construction projects.

Superfund accomplishments include:
Completing construction at 40 sites across the country for a total of 926 sites or 61 percent of the sites on the National Priorities List
Conducting 678 long-term, ongoing cleanup projects at 428 sites
Securing $680 million in cleanup commitments and cost recoveries from the private parties responsible for toxic waste sites
Listing 11 new sites on the National Priorities List, and proposing 26 sites to be listed
Spending $228 million to conduct and oversee site assessments and investigations, selection and design of cleanup plans, support for state, tribal, community involvement activities, and other activities
Selecting final cleanup plans at 30 sites, bringing the cumulative total of sites with final cleanup plans to approximately 66 percent of the 1,529 NPL sites

As the Superfund program matures, the size, complexity and cost of sites that are under or ready to begin construction continue to grow. In fiscal year 2004, more than 52 percent of the Superfund obligations for long-term, ongoing cleanup work were committed to nine sites. The report can be found at: