The Superfund Program: The 1980's And Environmental Laws And Environments

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Prior to the 1980’s and environmental laws and concerns, it was a standard unwritten procedure to dump waste on the ground, rivers, streams and oceans. Unsuitable boxes, containers and storage units for keeping waste were inadequate and often toxic substances were left out unsecured. These practices were happening destructively everywhere in the environment and thousands of contaminated sites were created. Contaminated sites often included warehouses, landfills, processing plants and manufacturing sites. The superfund program in 1980 was imposed by congress to clean up these contaminated sites based upon health concerns of the people, environmental risks and possible ecosystem destruction. 1 In Warren County, New Jersey the department of environmental protections …show more content…
This caused the closure of one well at the time, and the installation of a carbon filter system at the other. Since 1982 those connected to the public water supply system were not exposed since a treatment system was already in operation. For those with water wells, exposure was halted when point of
Beneduce-Harris 4 entry systems of filtration were installed. Sadly, the estimated population that was served from contaminated water wells was 10,000 to 100,000 (before intervention).
Legally created in 1989 the Potcong Valley Superfund cleanup program sought responsible company parties to accept the largest portion of the cost cleanup at the contaminated site. Under the settlement for responsibility, the largest fault of contamination lies with the Pechiney Plastic Packaging Company. Pechiney will pay 29.5 million for past work and cover future costs at approximately 62.5 million. The company must also restore 60 acres of grassland for the Morris Canal which is historically preserved land. Due to the size of contamination (large), the superfund has been sorted into three

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