Cleaning Up and Revitalizing Land: Coronavirus Pandemic Caused Schedule Delays, Human Health Impacts, and Limited Oversight at Superfund National Priorities List Sites [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Document: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General conducted this evaluation in an effort to determine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic--that is, the SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] virus and resultant COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] disease--on long-term cleanups at Superfund National Priorities List sites. We sent surveys to 457 remedial project managers in February 2021 and received 279 responses, a 61-percent response rate. We also interviewed EPA regional Superfund and Emergency Management Division directors, as well as directors from EPA headquarters. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act [hyperlink], informally called Superfund, authorizes the EPA to oversee the cleanup of contaminated sites. The National Priorities List identifies the worst hazardous waste sites that warrant further investigation and cleanup."
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Inspector General, Report No. 22-E-0049
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/