The Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program
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Hazardous substances are a constant threat to our fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. As a result of concern over the influx of contaminants into the environment, and a wish to ensure that the responsible parties—not the taxpayers—pay for the cleanup and restoration, Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (also known as CERCLA or “Superfund”), the Clean Water Act, and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. These three laws provide trustees the authority to carry out the responsibilities of the Restoration Program.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/Documents/USFWSNRDARDHDamageAssesRestFSOMBApproved05062010.pdf, 290 KB