What is Superfund

University of Arizona Superfund Research Center (UA SRC)

The UA SRC is addressing the unique human health risks encountered in the US Southwest, where distinct geologic and climatic attributes affect human health and exposures to a variety of toxicants, especially arsenic. Center scientists are investigating how chronic exposure to arsenic-containing mine waste contributes to the development of diabetes and methods to better understand and reduce exposure. 

NIEHS Superfund Research Program (NIEHS SRP)

The Superfund Research Program (SRP) is federally funded and administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIEHS SRP is a network of university grants that are designed to seek solutions to the complex health and environmental issues associated with the nation's hazardous waste sites. The research conducted by the NIEHS SRP is a coordinated effort with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), which is the federal entity charged with cleaning up the worst hazardous waste sites in the United States.  

US EPA Superfund

The US EPA Superfund is the federal government's program to clean up the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Under the US EPA Superfund program, abandoned, accidentally spilled, or illegally dumped hazardous waste that pose a current or future threat to human health or the environment are cleaned up. To accomplish its mission, EPA works closely with communities, Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs), scientists, researchers, contractors, and state, local, tribal and federal authorities. Together with these groups, EPA identifies hazardous waste sites, tests the conditions of the sites, formulates cleanup plans and cleans up the sites.