05/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

50 Most Hazardous Waste Sites in US Get Stimulus Funds for Cleanup

Four of the waste sites, or Superfund sites, are going to get dangerously contaminated soil removed from hundreds of residential lawns, according to the AP. From the AP: Up to $25 million will connect 180 houses in southeastern North Dakota to public drinking water. Yet another project involves the dredging up of contaminated mud from the harbor in Bedford, Massachusetts-a project that was estimated to take 38 years without renewed funding. Others still were planning on running out of funding this year, before the stimulus swooped in to clean up the day. All this stimulus money going to help Superfund waste sites helps draw attention to another issue: the program is hopelessly underfunded. 1

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson on Wednesday singled out 50 sites, in 28 states, that will share $582 million in newly approved federal stimulus money to continue cleanup operations. The sites were contaminated years ago by mining waste, lead smelters, landfills, and other sources of chemicals but the companies responsible are no longer around to pay for their cleanup. At half the sites, cleanups were either stalled last year or were expected to face delays this year because the EPA was running short of funds. 2
  1. 50 Most Hazardous Waste Sites in US Get Stimulus Funds for Cleanup (treehugger)
  2. EPA Selects 50 Polluted Sites for Stimulus Money (Sightline)