On December 11, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added nine new hazardous waste sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. Superfund is a program administered by the federal government that investigates and cleans up dangerous hazardous waste sites throughout the country that have been abandoned or are complex and uncontrolled.
“Superfund cleanups protect the health of nearby communities and ecosystems from harmful contaminants,” explained Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “They can also provide positive economic outcomes for communities including job creation, increased property values, enhanced local tax bases, and improved quality of life.”
The nine new NPL sites are located in: Indiana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Washington.
The EPA has listed 1,694 NPL sites since 1963 and put into place cleanup remedies in 68% of these locations.
Cleanup workers at waste sites can be exposed to a number of hazards, such as falls, being struck by debris or materials, collapses, electrical risks, and contamination. Help protect these employees by providing them with the proper safety knowledge and supplies like protective clothing, hard hats, fall protection, work boots, gloves, and respiratory protection.