We’ve been speaking in recent posts about the Superfund cleanup process, how it works, and its purpose. What we want to highlight here is that citizens and communities have the opportunity to get involved in the Superfund cleanup process and see that their interests are represented in remedial investigations and feasibility studies, and ultimately that they are addressed when those plans are carried out.
Last week, we spoke about an EPA proposal to perform cleanup at a contaminated site north of Brunswick. Although the 700-acre site is heavily polluted with mercury, dioxins and PCBs, the EPA has proposed a rather minimalist cleanup plan that includes removing seven acres of marshland and covering up an additional 18 acres.
We have previously spoken on this blog about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Program. One of the main purposes of the Superfund program is to detect and clean up sites which have been subjected to contamination. Ordinary citizens can help in the enforcement of the program by alerting EPA authorities about site contamination. This is important, because it is often private citizens who first become aware of contamination and who are most impacted by it.
Readers may have heard by now of the Clean Power Plan, which is a set of standards developed under the Clean Air Act geared toward reducing air pollution. At present, power plants have no restrictions on the amount of carbon pollution they contribute to the atmosphere. The Clean Power Plan aims to change the situation by establishing carbon emissions reductions on states.