Superfund
  Superfund is the Federal government's program to clean up the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Congress establishd the Superfund Program in 1980 to locate, investigate, and clean up the worst hazardous waste sites nationwide. The EPA administers the Superfund program in cooperation with individual states and tribal governments. The office that oversees management of the program is the Office of Emergency and Remedial Response (OERR).
The first steps towards designating Molycorp as a Superfund site have been taken:
  • On April 1, 2000, New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson signed a letter to the EPA requesting that Molycorp be put on the National Priorities List.
  • In May, 2000, Molycorp was added to the National Priorities List as recorded in the Federal Register.
  • In September, 2001, an Administrative Order on Consent and Statement of Work have been signed by Molycorp and the EPA which is a crucial step in the Superfund process.
  • A Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) has been given to the Río Colorado Reclamation Committee in Questa to give its residents input into the cleanup process.


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