||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
On April 1, 2000, New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson signed a letter
to the EPA requesting that Molycorp be put on the National
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.