Brownfields Vs. Superfunds

When a site is contaminated with hazardous substances, it must be addressed for the health and safety of the environment and the people who live in it. There are two classifications for contaminated sites from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are “Superfund” and “Brownfield”. Today we will be taking a look at both types of sites and what they mean. Let’s take a look.

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So, What is a Brownfield?

A brownfield is a property where contamination is present and where it may complicated future use. For the most part, these sites are cleaned up by the owner, previous owner, or state governments. Additionally, these sites are not usually dangerous to human life. If they were, then they would be classified in a different way.

What is a Superfund?

When contamination escalates or may pose a threat to life, then the site is classified as a superfund. Superfunds are often handled by private owners and the federal government to ensure that they are cleaned and remediated properly. To be truly classified as a superfund, the site was mismanaged with hazardous waste being dumped or left out in the open. These sites exist throughout the country and are listed on the National Priorities List (NPL). You can take a look at the list on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website for more information on which sites are listed.

What Kinds of Sites Are Considered Contaminated?

The kinds of sites that might make the superfund list include landfills, abandoned chemical treatment plants, metalworking factories, old military testing sites, and other places where dangerous chemicals were once used in various types of activities. A site will be investigated when problems arise and once investigated, the clean up can begin.

Not Sure Where to Get Started?

If one of your current or pre-existing sites has been contaminated or been placed on the National Priorities List, then contact Broadview Waste Services today. We can help you with all manner of hazardous waste disposal and beyond. We have a flawless compliance record and have worked with many different clients and industries. Contact us today for more information and to set up an appointment to discuss your site.