New York State Superfund Program
The State Superfund Program is part of NY’s Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site (IHWDS) Program, which is the state’s mechanism for identifying, investigating, and cleaning up sites where hazardous waste may exist. Evaluation of a particular site is initiated when NYSDEC is made aware of the potential presence of hazardous waste either by notification from the responsible party or citizen complaints.
A subsequent site characterization is performed and, if the presence of hazardous waste is confirmed, the site is added to the state’s official Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites and assigned a classification code. The classification code is determined based on the degree of hazard posed to the public health and/or the environment.
The subsequent site investigation and/or remediation is preferably conducted by the responsible party; however, if the responsible party is unable (or unwilling) to implement the necessary investigation and/or remediation, these tasks are undertaken by New York State under the State Superfund Program.