Beyond Bake Sales: Environmental Justice Through Superfund Removal Actions

October 2022
ELR 10784
Clifford J. Villa

This Comment provides a basic introduction to the Superfund removal program, a program through which millions of dollars are allocated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 10 regional offices each year for cleaning up contaminated sites that are not designated “Superfund” sites, and particularly encourages consideration of Superfund removals to address growing concerns for environmental justice. It specifically examines the legal authorities and limitations of the Superfund removal program, provides examples of removal actions in environmental justice communities across the country, and considers the requirements of environmental justice and how those requirements may be addressed by the Superfund removal program.

Clifford J. Villa is a senior advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and professor of law at the University of New Mexico School of Law (on leave 2022-2024).

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