Initiated in 1980, Superfund is desperately short of money to clean up abandoned waste sites, which has created a backlog of sites that continue to menace the environment and, quite often, the health of nearby residents. In some cases, one company is responsible for the pollution at a site; others, like landfills, can have hundreds of "potentially responsible parties" (PRPs), making a coordinated cleanup effort difficult.
In its investigation, the Center reviewed data, obtained from the EPA through more than 100 Freedom of Information Act requests, and interviewed dozens of experts inside and outside the agency, which administers Superfund. Superfund sites are areas contaminated with hazardous material and left by corporate or government entities whose operations may have moved.
A single site can take years and hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up.
Another 1,243 are active and an additional 61 are proposed, which brings the total number of sites ever involved in the Superfund program to 1,623.
Sites where contamination has been blamed for deaths, caused cancer or poisoned children have existed for decades.
In Libby, Mont., where a plume of asbestos from a nearby vermiculite mine has enveloped the town, more than 200 people have died from asbestos-related diseases, according to EPA estimates. In Smelterville, Idaho, where the nation's worst childhood lead-poisoning epidemic occurred, due, in part, to a 1973 fire at a nearby lead smelter, experts warn that some homes still may have high levels of lead without the owners' knowledge because the homes have not been sampled.
Lead is a neurotoxin that is especially dangerous for young children, affecting their mental and physical growth.
Along the Hudson River in upstate New York, where more than a million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were dumped by General Electric Co., the New York Department of Health has linked high PCB blood levels to consumption of fish caught in the river.
PCBs are considered a probable carcinogen by the EPA and the World Health Organization.
Contamination at these sites has been well documented for decades, and each of the sites has been on the National Priorities List — a compilation of the toxic waste sites the EPA considers to be the most dangerous — for at least five years. For the past 11 years, the EPA has convened a panel of representatives from each of its 10 regions twice a year to decide which sites deserve immediate financial attention.
The rankings are based on the site's risk to the surrounding community, the environment and, to an extent, public concern, according to the agency.
So different than the normal, box with a bathroom hotel.
The nearest airport is Eindhoven Airport, 3.1 miles from the property.
PSV - Philips Stadium is 0.7 miles from At Yetty's Place Vintage Apartment Hotel, while Tongelreep National Swimming Centre is 2.6 miles away.