When money is made available to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up abandoned or inactive hazardous waste sites, it's called a Superfund site. The Sierra Club explains further:
"When the EPA designates a Superfund site as 'human exposure not under control,' it means that contamination has been detected at a site at an unsafe level, and the possibility exits that humans may come into contact with the contamination, and the contamination has not been treated, stabilized, or contained well enough to prevent human exposure to contamination."
Not surprisingly, there are plenty of Superfund sites in the U.S. and plenty of red tape involved in dealing with them. To follow is some pertinent information—information that could potentially save lives—and it's just the proverbial tip of the proverbial iceberg. It's really up to us to learn more and do more. In the meantime, you can report potential hazardous waste sites to the National Response Center Hotline, 1-800-424-8802, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
7 Things You Really Should Know About Superfund Sites