Superfund Sites

Following the Love Canal disaster, Congress also passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) to clean up past hazardous waste disposal sites. The act was funded by corporate taxes in order to create a government fund, which came to be known as "Superfund," to pay for cleaning hazardous sites. Under the law, abandoned and particularly dangerous waste sites may qualify as Superfund sites, eligible for government cleanup. CERCLA was reauthorized in 1986 with the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act.

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