Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

This act, which is also known as the Superfund, provides federal funds to clean up hazardous waste sites, accidental spills, and abandoned hazardous waste sites where responsible parties cannot be identified or located or when people fail to act to carry out their responsibilities to clean up all potential hazardous materials that can cause disease and injury to people or harm the environment. This applies to the entire country.

Oil Pollution Act

This act amended the Clean Water Act by: establishing new requirements for construction of vessels and licensing of crews; mandating the establishment of contingency plans in the event of accidents; improving the response of federal agencies; increasing enforcement authority, potential liability, and penalties of shipping companies; and creating new research and development programs.

Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act

(See endnote 131)

This act amended the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act or Superfund to provide more funding for hazardous waste sites. It also reinforced the significance of human health, community involvement, cooperation with state and local laws, and finding a permanent solution to the hazardous waste site problem.

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