Years ago there was less understanding of how dumping or improper management of chemical wastes might adversely affect public health and the environment. The result of such practices was that hazardous substances contaminated thousands of properties across the nation. Congress passed legislation in 1980 establishing the Superfund Program in order to locate, investigate and clean up these sites. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers the Superfund Program in cooperation with individual states and tribal governments.
The Hazard Ranking System is the principal mechanism the EPA uses to evaluate sites for the National Priorities List (NPL). It is a numerically based screening system that uses information from initial, limited investigations "the preliminary assessment and the site inspection" to assess the potential of sites to pose a threat to human health or the environment. Sites are listed on the NPL upon completion of Hazard Ranking System screening, public solicitation of comments about the proposed site, and after all comments have been addressed. The responsible parties may clean up the Superfund site under an agreement with EPA, or EPA may clean up the site under a cost-share agreement using federal and state funds.
Complete information on the federal Superfund Program and individual Florida Superfund sites is available on the EPA Superfund Sites Website.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.