The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to conduct rigorous five-year inspections of 14 Superfund toxic waste cleanup sites in California this year, to validate that previous clean-up efforts are still safeguarding both public health and the environment, according to an official news release.
The periodic reviews, a legal requirement for monitored sites, assess the efficacy of remedial actions taken to address contamination, and this year, privately-owned sites throughout California, from the tech hubs of Silicon Valley to the industrial sectors of Southern California, are on the EPA's docket, the EPA confirmed.
EPA Pacific Southwest Superfund and Emergency Management Division Director Mike Montgomery emphasized the importance of these assessments, stating, "Reviewing the cleanup work that has occurred at these Superfund sites across California is critical to ensuring that public health and the environment are protected," and not only are these reviews integral to ongoing environmental oversight, but they are also a conduit for keeping the public informed on areas where the specter of pollution lingers and additional actions may be necessary.
Among the sites up for review are notable locations like the Advanced Micro Devices in Sunnyvale and a cluster of Superfund sties within the Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman Study Area in Mountain View; this includes tech industry-related sites tied to the Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., Raytheon Company, and Intel Corp. as well as segments of the Naval Air Station Moffett Field, according to the EPA's announcement.
Since the Superfund program's inception in 1980, the federal government has been actively identifying, cleaning up, and monitoring the most complex and hazardous waste sites in the nation, and the ongoing appraisals are essential to confirm whether the remedies imposed are indeed yielding a safer, cleaner environment for current and future generations as laid out by the EPA's mission statement.