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Last Edited: 9/6/2002

What is a superfund site?

A hazardous waste site becomes a Superfund site when it is placed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) National Priority List (NPL) based on a scoring process that rates its current or potential health impact. The "Superfund" was created by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liabilities Act of 1980 to clean up abandoned hazardous waste site.