Superfund Enforcement

The Superfund Enforcement program gets Superfund sites cleaned up by finding the companies or people responsible for contamination at a site, and negotiating with them to do the clean up themselves, or to pay for the clean up done by another party (i.e., EPA, state, or other responsible parties).

If a responsible party does not agree to do the cleanup, EPA can issue an order to do certain work, or work with the Department of Justice to pursue the party through the federal court system. If a party is out of compliance with an order or settlement, the Superfund enforcement program takes action to bring them into compliance. Such action may include: referring the case to the Department of Justice for enforcement, assessing penalties, and/or taking over the work. Visit EPA's Superfund program website for information on how EPA cleans up Superfund sites and administers the Superfund program.

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