The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

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The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 has proved to be one of the most important environmental protection programs of all time. Also known as Superfund, this act spawned dramatic changes to the environment of the United States. Superfund aimed to cleanup hazardous waste sites in America and protect the health and safety of the general public. Over the years, the Superfund legislation has authorized the government to aid in the cleanup of toxic waste in a variety of effective ways that have ensured the welfare of its citizens. On the whole, CERCLA has transformed hazardous waste sites, changed the outdated disposal methods that companies utilized, and ignited environmental awareness. …show more content…
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 has proved to be one of the most important environmental protection programs of all time. Also known as Superfund, this act spawned dramatic changes to the environment of the United States. Superfund aimed to cleanup hazardous waste sites in America and protect the health and safety of the general public. Over the years, the Superfund legislation has authorized the government to aid in the cleanup of toxic waste in a variety of effective ways that have ensured the welfare of its citizens. On the whole, CERCLA has transformed hazardous waste sites, changed the outdated disposal methods that companies utilized, and ignited environmental awareness. While Superfund has been improving the condition of the environment since its inception, it was not always like that. Before CERCLA, remote dumps were the solution to the increasing industrial waste problem that was prevalent during the twentieth century. After the Industrial Revolution occurred, companies, looking to save money, began dumping industrial waste into the extra acres of their land or even sent their waste to normal dumps that were not equipped to handle chemical waste.1 As time went by, more and more companies thought it to be acceptable to continue this practice and added to the growing problem of improperly discarded waste. As a result of this inappropriate hazardous waste dumping, it was only a matter of time before the
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