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Capping - United States Environmental Protection Agency...

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United States Office of Solid Waste and EPA 542-F-01-022 Environmental Protection Emergency Response December 2001 Agency (5102G) www.epa.gov/superfund/sites www.cluin.org A Citizen’s Guide to Capping ? ? EPA uses many methods to clean up pollution at Superfund and other sites. If you live, work, or go to school near a Superfund site, you may want to learn more about these methods. Perhaps they are being used or are proposed for use at your site. How do they work? Are they safe? This Citizen’s Guide is one in a series to help answer your questions. What is capping? Capping involves placing a cover over contaminated material such as the waste buried at a landfill. Such covers are called “caps.” Caps do not clean up the contaminated material. They just keep it in place so it will not come into contact with people or the environment. How does it work? How does it work? Sometimes digging up and removing contaminated material can be difficult or expensive. Instead, a cap will be placed over it to keep it in place. A cap works in three main ways: 1)
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