On Thursday, March 18, U.S. PIRG, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice hosted a webinar discussion of U.S. PIRG Education Fund's new report, "Superfund Underfunded: How taxpayers have been left with a toxic financial burden," and how we can address the problem of toxic waste in our communities. 

There are over 1,300 Superfund toxic waste sites in the U.S., containing hazardous chemicals such as arsenic, lead, asbestos, and dioxin. This new report lays out how well the Superfund program did in FY 2020 to clean them up, where it needs to improve, and how we can enact essential policy solutions in 2021 to protect Americans from exposure to toxic chemicals from these sites. Panelists discussed the findings of the report as well as the way forward for addressing this problem.


  • Jillian Gordner, author of "Superfund Underfunded" and Make Polluters Pay Campaign Associate, U.S. PIRG
  • Gustavo Andrade, Organizing Director, Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ)
  • Kate Probst, Independent Consultant,
  • Dr. Ed Lorenz, Ph.D., Community Activist and Professor, Alma College 
  • Dr. Jacob Carter, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Science and Democracy

Moderated by Danielle Melgar, Zero Out Toxics Advocate, U.S. PIRG

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