By REGGIE ROSS
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed additional clean up in Grenada as it lists the nation’s most contaminated toxic land areas, known as Superfund sites.
The EPA proposed clean up efforts at the Rockwell International Wheel and Trim site in Grenada, along with nine other sites across the country to the Superfund Program’s National Priorities List (NPL).
Superfund, as established by Congress in 1980, investigates and cleans up hazardous waste sites and converts them into community resources. EPA adds sites to the NPL when contamination threatens human health and the environment. Only sites added to the NPL are eligible to receive federal funding for long-term cleanup.
“This means more federal funding that will be available for cleanup,” said Grenada City Manager Trey Baker. “Through Superfund, there’s a greater enforcement capacity.”
EPA adds sites to the NPL when contamination threatens human health and the environment. EPA deletes sites from the NPL once all response actions are complete and all cleanup goals have been achieved. EPA typically initiates Superfund involvement because states, tribes or citizens ask for the agency’s help. The agency may also find contamination during its own investigations.
“This ensures the necessary resources are available for effective and safe revitalization of some of the most contaminated sites across the country,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Superfund clean-up continues to be a priority at EPA as we work intently to create a safer and healthier environment for all communities affected.”
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