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November 23, 2005

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ELif

Yah, I never thought of how cuembrsome the Superfund process is. But apparently, it's a complex system: The EPA first conducts a preliminary inspection, which includes interviewing residents and conducting field samples. This information is used to develop a "hazard ranking score" to determine how severe the conditions are at the dump and nearby areas. If the conditions are really bad, then the EPA will conduct a full investigation to measure the extent of the contamination and health risks to residents. A report is subsequently written based on the investigation, which also includes a plan to improve landfill conditions. This report is then presented to the general public (most likely at a Town Hall meeting) for review. With public approval, the landfill goes into a "Remedial Design and Action" phase to improve the dump and area conditions. Depending on the landfill conditions, operators are given a deadline (usually a few years) to improve the situation. If the dump does not meet EPA standards by the imposed deadline, it is shut down. In addition, there's a 5-year follow-up review to make sure landfill operators have continued to comply to EPA standards.Wow, these Superfund sites are no joke! I think the take-home message is to make sure the dump meets EPA standards from the start!!

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