Years ago there was less understanding of how dumping or
improper management of chemical wastes might adversely affect public health and
the environment. The result of such practices was that hazardous substances
contaminated thousands of properties across the nation. Congress passed
legislation in 1980 that established the Superfund Program in order to locate,
investigate and cleanup these sites. The federal Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) administers the Superfund Program in cooperation with the individual
States and tribal governments.
The Hazard Ranking System (HRS) is the principal mechanism that
EPA uses to evaluate sites for the National Priorities List (NPL). It is a
numerically based screening system that uses information from initial, limited
assessment and the site inspection" to assess the potential of sites to
pose a threat to human health or the environment. Sites are listed on the NPL
upon completion of Hazard Ranking System screening, public solicitation of
comments about the proposed site, and after all comments have been addressed.
The responsible parties may clean up the Superfund site under an agreement with
EPA; or, EPA may clean up the site under a cost-share agreement using federal
and state funds.
Complete information on the federal Superfund Program and
individual Florida Superfund sites is available on the
EPA Superfund Sites Website.
A list of Florida National Priority List Superfund sites is
available in the "Quick Look" Summary.