superfund

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is vowing to speed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites, part of a shift away from climate change and toward what he calls the "basics" of clean air and water. The EPA's Superfund program manages the cleanup of some of the most toxic waste sites. Pruitt says the EPA will soon name a top 10 list of sites to focus on.

One potential site for that list is the Tar Creek Superfund site in far northeast Oklahoma, where a team of agency officials recently visited.

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The University of Kentucky will use a $12 million federal grant to reduce the negative health and environmental impacts found at hazardous waste sites. 

UK Superfund Research Center According to Director Bernie Hennig, lab studies are indicating healthy individuals stand a better chance of warding off contaminants.

The group managing a former Marshall County hazardous waste site is suing more than 300 companies, municipalities and universities to recoup the cost of waste removal. LWD PRP wants to force 334 others to kick in money to cover the costs of removing a variety of hazardous pollutants from the incinerator site in Calvert City. The 32-acre plant operated from the 1950s until October 2005. LWD PRP has paid $9.5 million toward cleaning up the site through September 1. The suit, filed in U.S.