Title

Superfund: An Analysis of Its Past Performance in Order to Make Future Improvements

Date of Award

8-17-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Env Policy Mgmt

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

John Hill

Keywords

CERCLA; EPA; Institutional Controls; Lowry; NPL; Remedial Program; RPM; Shattuck; Superfund

Abstract

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program has been in place for over 28 years. Throughout this period, there has been debate over the successfulness of this program and whether it is working like it was originally intended by Congress and the American public. This capstone project compared what analysis has been done at the national level, reviewed two cleanup projects completed by the EPA Region VIII Office to analyze what issues occurred at the project site level, and concluded what lessons can be learned from the information reviewed. Four recommendations are presented which can aid the Agency in avoiding costly mistakes and help with learning from past issues that occurred at other sites.

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