What is Superfund

The Superfund toxic waste cleanup program was created by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980.

The law granted the federal government the authority to clean up pollution that threatened human health. It also allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to identify responsible parties and force them to pay for the cleanup.

When responsible parties cannot be found, the agency cleans the sites.

Agency-funded cleanups were initially funded by a trust fund largely financed by a tax on energy companies.

That tax lapsed in 1995 and the fund has dwindled, meaning most cleanup money now comes from general revenues paid by taxpayers.

Oklahoma Superfund Sites
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NewsOK.com and The Oklahoman has compiled information about each of Oklahoma's 13 Superfund sites and 1 proposed site. The above information in provided as a snapshot of the site. Please read the articles link in each site's profile to learn more about the projects.
The above points are approximate locations. Several of the sites span multiple addresses and cities. In those cases map points were placed in the general area of the site.

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Superfund Site Information

The map to the left marks the 13 superfund sites in Oklahoma and the 1 proposed site.

Click on the to reveal information about the site including location, date the site was added to the national list, site overview information and details of waste at each site as well as articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman.

If you notice an error with the information please send an email to webmaster@newsok.com.


Sources: Interviews and Environmental Protection Agency Reports
The Hardage superfund site in Criner, OK after the site cleanup. The Hardage site has been upgraded to a cleanup complete status while over a thousand other sites still await the funds to finish their projects.

Superfund sites grow as money dwindles

News | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

After 30 years and more than $360 million in federal money, fewer than half of Oklahoma's most toxic areas have made it through the federal government's Superfund waste cleanup program.

Superfund is a program with seemingly endless litigation and heavy cost. It is receiving renewed focus nationwide as lawmakers and the government wrestles with how to pay for it.

Superfund is facing declining revenues, slowed cleanup progress and 1,276 sites remaining on the National Priorities List – the nation's most hazardous contaminated areas.

Superfund articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • Filmmakers tackle subject of Tar Creek

    By Nathan Poppe, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    The Tar Creek Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma has become a topic of many films and books.

  • Loss of refinery at Cyril was hard on workers, community

    By Hailey Branson-Potts, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    The refinery was Cyril's biggest employer and, after it closed, most people either retired or took out-of-town jobs.

  • Skull Creek to get new life

    By Hailey Branson-Potts, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    CUSHING — Like an ode to its ominous name, Skull Creek smelled like something had died during the years the Hudson Creek Refinery was active. “They would let stuff go down that creek, and it would smell like rotten eggs,” said Melvin Morris Sr., who has lived in a blue house across the...

  • For Cushing, cleanup is breath of fresh air

    By Hailey Branson-Potts, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    Land O'Lakes, the Minnesota-based company known for its butter, has spent the past year removing lead, arsenic, asbestos and other harmful materials that for more than 20 years have been sitting at an abandoned refinery site on the edge of Cushing.

  • Family struggles to cope in aftermath of Tar Creek

    By Matt Carney, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    A family struggles through lead poisoning, a botched home buyout, and crushing A family struggles through lead poisoning, a botched home buyout, and crushing misfortune in the wake of the Tar Creek Superfund site.

  • Children the worst victims of lead poisoning

    By Matt Carney, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    Developmental delays, anemia and irreversible neurological and kidney damage are a few of the health problems for children exposed to high levels of lead and heavy metals associated with some Superfund sites.

  • Superfund stigma often a hindrance for development

    By David Wolfgang and Leighann C. Manwarren, Staff Writers | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    Superfund sites often face problems with redevelopment.

  • Superfund sites grow as money dwindles

    By Hailey Branson-Potts, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    Nationally, 23 sites were added to the Superfund list of the most hazardous contaminated sites. Only eight were cleared. Funding has has fallen since the end of a tax on energy companies.

  • Cleanup is slow process for Oklahoma sites

    By Hailey Branson-Potts, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    ARDMORE — The backhoes and the white Environmental Protection Agency mobile home are gone. For the most part, the Imperial Refinery Company Superfund site in Ardmore is quiet now. Though it is still on the National Priorities List, the Imperial Refinery site has reached the...

  • Oklahoma City Superfund sites closely monitored, regulated

    By Dusty Sommers, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    Oklahoma City Superfund site may soon be removed from EPA list. Mosley Road site may soon be removed from Superfund list Take the Mosley Road Sanitary Landfill Superfund site in Oklahoma City, for example. “For the most part, that waste isn't going anywhere,” said Michael Torres,...



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