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What's New
EPA announces cleanup progress at 18 Mile Creek
WKBW-TV – Buffalo, NY (8/31)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address the contamination in the Creek Corridor portion of the Eighteen Mile Creek Superfund Site in Lockport, N.Y.

Schumer pushes EPA on cleanup plan for Niagara, Grand Island radioactive ‘hot spots’
The Buffalo News (7/14)
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) wants the EPA to come up with a cleanup plan for dozens of radioactive “hot spots” in New York, including western Niagara County and Grand Island.

Rare birds nesting at hazardous cleanup site in Waukegan
Lake County News-Sun (6/29)
Two piping plovers have returned to nest on the site of a federal Superfund project in Waukegan, Ill. The nesting site is about a half-mile from where they were born.

County agency supports 18-Mile Creek cleanup
Lockport Union-Sun and Journal (10/2)
"Clean Sweep," a voluntary trash pickup effort taking place along Eighteenmile Creek in Newfane on Saturday, will not change the creek's status as a Great Lakes Area of Concern or a U.S. Superfund-listed water body in need of remediation, but it will help.

Gibraltar steel mill added to Superfund list
Detroit Free Press (3/24)
The EPA announced Tuesday that it was adding the DSC McLouth Steel plant site in Gibraltar to its National Priorities List for cleanup.

Petition sought to place former McLouth Steel site on EPA's National Priorities List
The News-Herald (1/6)
Officials plan to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to have the McLouth Steel site on the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River added to the National Priorities List.

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Overview
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), commonly known as the "Superfund" Act, provided the Congressional mandate to remove or clean up abandoned and inactive hazardous waste sites and to provide federal assistance in toxic emergencies. CERCLA was amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986.
 
References: Information from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Background and Congressional Mandates

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General Resources
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
ATSDR is charged under the Superfund Act to assess the presence and nature of health hazards at specific Superfund sites, to help prevent or reduce further exposure and the illnesses that result from such exposures, and to expand the knowledge base about health effects from exposure to hazardous substances.

Coming Clean: A Call to Action for Restoring Lake Michigan’s Fox River
Alliance for the Great Lakes
The LMF released on August 23, 1998 a report calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to list 39 miles of the Lower Fox River in Wisconsin and 21.5 miles of lower Green Bay for federal cleanup.

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Overview
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Provides a summary of CERCLA, relevant datasets and contact information.

Hazardous Substance Research Centers
Under CERCLA, U.S. EPA established five regional research centers that focus on different aspects of hazardous substance management. The Great Lakes/Mid-Atlantic Center specializes in bioremediation, which is the biological degradation of chemical contaminants in the environment.

Superfund Basic Research Program
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
The program provides funding to universities and institutions around the United States to study the human health effects of hazardous substances in the environment, especially those found at uncontrolled, leaking waste disposal sites.

Superfund Home Page
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Provides National Priority List sites, available by state; current and previous Superfund sites, including the justification for the remedial action (treatment) chosen under the Superfund program; guidebooks for citizens; legislation updates; and contact information.

Superfund In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Discusses the states role in the federal Superfund program, Pennsylvania's National Priority List and other relevant information.

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Success Stories
Bowers Landfill, Pickaway County, Ohio
General Mills/Henkel Superfund Site, Minneapolis, Minn.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Toxic Contamination in the Great Lakes Region

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