CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Restoration and Compensation Liability Act)

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Term CERCLA
Description Cleanup Program focuses on human health and environmental concerns related to human health.
Definition CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Restoration and Compensation Liability Act)

Cleanup Program focuses on human health and environmental concerns related to human health. The cleanup program is primarily carried out by EPA, working with States, on sites designated for cleanup on the NPL. Cleanup Program emphasizes local source control, prevention of further spread from sources. Cleanup Program is prohibited from "restoring" natural resources, although cleanup may prevent further injuries to natural resources. CERCLA, also known as Superfund, is the federal law that concerns the removal or cleanup of hazardous substances in the environment and at hazardous waste sites. ATSDR, which was created by CERCLA, is responsible for assessing health issues and supporting public health activities related to hazardous waste sites or other environmental releases of hazardous substances. This law was later amended by the

Superfund Amendments and 

Reauthorization Act (SARA) .

References http://rais.ornl.gov/home/glossary.html#C

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/glossary.html#Comprehensive%20Environmental%20Response

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