ASTSWMO Position Paper on Site Assessment Funding

Traditionally, the CERCLA Site Assessment program was considered simply a part of the Superfund Remedial Process, intended to identify and qualify sites for listing on the National Priorities List (NPL). If viewed in that limited context, funding the Site Assessment Program might seem relatively less crucial at a time when sites currently listed on the NPL await resources to complete cleanups, or even to initiate them. Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) research conducted over the past three years quantifies and describes the broader benefits that result from the Site Assessment Program. The research results show benefits that are outsized relative to the resources allocated, particularly where those resources are applied through Cooperative Agreements with the States’ cleanup agencies.

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