One of the major areas of concern regarding environmental law is the Superfund or CERCLA, which stands for the comprehensive environmental response compensation and liability act.
Some of the Acts that are enforced by the EPA are listed below:
- Clean Air Act (CAA)
- Clean Water Act (CWA)
- Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
- Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
- Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
- Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA)
CERCLA was enacted in 1980 which created a tax for the chemical and petroleum industries and gave the Federal authorities the ability to immediately respond to the release or a threatened release of hazardous substances which may pose a threat to the environment or the public. The Act was created in response to the discovery of toxic chemical waste dumps that were abandoned by companies or businesses that were supposed to be responsible for them.
The several forms of contaminated media that may be the cause of serious health conditions are sediments, ground water, soil and the air. Some of the common contaminants that are found at Superfund sites are, asbestos, lead, mercury, radiation, vinyl chloride, polychlorinated biphenyls, benzene polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, cadmium, and benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)flouranthene. These chemicals have been known to cause serious health problems for people and require the proper remediation activities in order to be isolated and not pose a threat to the public.
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