ABSTRACT

Superfund EPA: Should Take Additional Actions to Manage Risks from Climate Change Effects, Statement of J. Alfredo Gómez, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Highlights: "Superfund is the principal federal program for addressing sites contaminated with hazardous substances. EPA administers the program and lists some of the most seriously contaminated sites--most of which are nonfederal--on the NPL [National Priorities List]. At those sites, EPA has recorded over 500 contaminants, including arsenic and lead. Climate change may make some natural disasters more frequent or more intense, which may damage NPL sites and potentially release contaminants, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment. This testimony summarizes GAO [Government Accountability Office]'s October 2019 report (GAO-20-73 [hyperlink]) on the impact of climate change on nonfederal NPL sites. Specifically, it discusses (1) what available federal data suggest about the number of nonfederal NPL sites that are located in areas that may be impacted by selected climate change effects; (2) the extent to which EPA has managed risks to human health and the environment from the potential impacts of climate change effects at nonfederal NPL sites; and (3) challenges EPA faces in managing these risks."

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GAO-21-555T
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2021-05-13
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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