Why Are Superfund Sites Still Around After 30 Years? Asks Pruitt



As the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has indicated he wants to make clearing long-term Superfund sites from the EPA’s national list.

It’s what he recently told the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington D.C.

Pruitt drew applause when he said one program that has been successful and will be emphasized by his administration is the Brownfield program along with the Superfund cleanup.

“Some of the places have been on the Superfund list for 30 years or more. And that shouldn’t be,” said Pruitt. He cited one case in Portland, Oregon and vowed his agency would learn why more progress has not been made.

The EPA is currently monitoring more than 1,300 Superfund sites in the U.S. including many in Oklahoma.


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