Upper Tenmile Superfund site still active after almost 20 yearsNews Type: State Source: KRTV
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It has been almost 20 years since the Upper Tenmile Creek Mining Area was declared a Superfund site.
Cleanup for the site was originally planned to conclude by 2012 but the site remains active today. The site contains about 150 mines and is 53 square miles in size.
Congress established the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), or as it is informally called Superfund, in 1980.
Superfund allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up contaminated sites and forces the parties responsible for the contamination to either perform cleanups or reimburse the government for EPA-led cleanup work.
There are 28 federal Superfund sites in Montana, 25 of which are on the National Priorities List.