The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed more sites from its Superfund list in the last fiscal year than any year in more than a decade.

Image result for environmental protection agencyThe agency on Wednesday announced that it deleted 18 complete sites and four parts of sites from the Superfund list in fiscal 2018, the most since 2005.

Deletion means that the EPA has formally declared that the contamination has been cleaned and monitoring has confirmed it.

“Under President Trump, EPA is deleting Superfund sites from the National Priorities List at the fastest pace in more than a decade,” acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

“This remarkable accomplishment is proof that cleaning up contaminated lands and returning them to safe and productive use is a top priority of the Trump EPA.”

While Wheeler boasted about the milestone to support the Trump administration’s agenda to put a new emphasis on Superfund cleanups, the cleanups started years or decades ago, and most were completed before President Trump took office.

The Superfund agenda, initially implemented as a top priority by former EPA chief Scott Pruitt last year, aimed in part to expedite cleanup actions and remove more sites from the list. More than 1,300 places nationwide are on the list, which gives the EPA authority to order companies to remediate sites or to use federal funding if necessary.

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