NIEHS established the Worker Training Program (WTP) in 1987 based on the Congressional mandate embodied within the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA). The program’s purpose, as specified in the Act, is to provide grants “for the training and education of workers who are or may be engaged in activities related to hazardous waste removal or containment or emergency response.” Section 126 of Title I of the Act also required that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “promulgate standards for the health and safety protection of employees engaged in hazardous waste operations,” leading to the issuance of OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard (29 CFR 1910.120). The WTP supports curricula development and training programs throughout the United States to help employers meet requirements under the OSHA HAZWOPER standard and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for hazardous waste operations and emergency response.
This page provides links to resources that address the history of the Superfund program, the Superfund cleanup process, and the status of efforts to clean up hazardous waste sites throughout the country.
Federal Links and Documents
Government Accountability Office (GAO)
- Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Numbers of Contaminated Federal Sites, Estimated Costs, and EPA’s Oversight Role
- Superfund: Trends in Federal Funding and Cleanup of EPA’s Nonfederal National Priorities List Sites