We have previously spoken on this blog about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Program. One of the main purposes of the Superfund program is to detect and clean up sites which have been subjected to contamination. Ordinary citizens can help in the enforcement of the program by alerting EPA authorities about site contamination. This is important, because it is often private citizens who first become aware of contamination and who are most impacted by it.
A contaminated site north of Brunswick is a good example of why private citizens would want to alert authorities about site contamination. The site, 700 acres of marshland, has been shown to be polluted with numerous contaminants, including PCBs, dioxins and mercury. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of mercury are estimated to have been dumped into the area.