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The Love Canal environmental disaster marked what would be the genesis of the EPA’s Superfund program. As a direct regulatory response to this disaster, as well as to other hazardous waste sites across the country, Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) on December 11, 1980. This law, known as Superfund, gave the EPA a mechanism to ensure that those parties responsible for environmental damage pay for the cleanup, and, if there is no viable responsible party, to use public funds to address those sites which pose the most serious environmental threats to residential communities. Today, the EPA, in concert with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), continues its efforts to ensure that the Love Canal site does not present a toxic danger to the community.  On an ongoing basis, the EPA and NYSDEC review monitoring results at the landfill and the nearby community and continue to evaluate all designated safeguards.

Listen to our podcast to hear Regional Administrator Pete Lopez discuss the importance of Love Canal on the 40th anniversary: Love Canal 40th Anniversary Podcast

Read the fact sheet: EPA Marks 40th Anniversary of Love Canal Site Niagara Falls, New York: click here

For More information on CERCLA: Superfund CERCLA Overview


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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
290 Broadway – 18th floor
New York, NY 10007
Superfund Records Center

 EPA Public Information Office
186 Exchange Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203


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