Superfund sites


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Superfund Site Cleanups Ignore Communities of Color

, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

Superfund sites deleted from the list during 2008-2016 are clustered in urban areas in the Midwest and the Northeast, and two sites were deleted in Puerto Rico and St Thomas (US Virgin Islands). Census tracts hosting these facilities have large percentages of people of color. In contrast, sites deleted since 2017 are located in communities with low percentages of people of color. Read more >

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Superfund Sites in Path of Hurricane Laura Could Leach Toxic Contaminants

, Research scientist

Hurricane Laura is now predicted to make landfall as a catastrophic Category 4 sometime between Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The expected extreme storm surge also may affect the containment and continued remediation of multiple Superfund sites in these areas, many of which hold chemicals hazardous to human health. This will present a health risks to individuals who choose not to evacuate immediately, and risks to those who return after the storm has passed. Read more >

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Extreme Floods and Superfund Sites: A Pending Disaster for Underserved Communities

, Research scientist

In a new UCS report released today, A Toxic Relationship: Extreme Coastal Flooding & Superfund Sites, we demonstrate how the Trump administration’s sidelining of science would disproportionately put the health of communities of color and low-income communities at risk. More specifically, we model how sea level rise would contribute to extreme coastal flooding along the East and Gulf coasts and lay bare the risks faced by many vulnerable communities located near hazardous facilities. Read more >

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