January 01, 2017

Superfund “mega-sites”: How American accounting rules exacerbate difficult challenges

Daniel E. Uyesato

The term Superfund “mega-site” is nowhere defined in statue or regulation but is used by the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other stakeholders to refer to those Superfund sites with actual or expected total cleanup costs of $50 million or greater. While there are individual landfill sites that meet this standard, many, if not most, “mega-sites” are the larger and more complex sites involving sediment and groundwater contamination that is geographically dispersed over a large area.

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