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Why Some Arizona Superfund Sites Have Been On The List For Decades

Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. Superfund program was put into effect in an effort to clean up areas or sites that are contaminated with hazardous material. Those sites are determined by the Environmental Protection Agency.

But are Superfund sites a high enough priority? And what effect could climate change have on those sites?

That was the focus of a new federal report put together by the Government Accountability Office. According to the report, Arizona has six Superfund sites that could be damaged by wildfires or flooding that are strengthened by climate change.

To learn more, The Show spoke with Alfredo Gomez, a director at the Government Accountability Office.

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