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The Superfund Program at Its 25th Anniversary

May 2006

Citation: ELR 10364

Author: John Quarles, Michael W. Steinberg

Editor's Summary: On December 11, 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed into law CERCLA, commonly referred to as Superfund, creating a federal program to clean up our nation's most polluted hazardous waste sites. Today, every state and nearly every territory of the United States has at least one Superfund site within its borders. In this Article, John Quarles and Michael Steinberg examine the first 25 years of the Superfund program. In so doing, they provide insight as to where this program may lead in the future.

John Quarles and Michael W. Steinberg are Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. This Article is based on comments originally submitted by the Superfund Settlements Project on December 11, 2005, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Superfund program.

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