Watchdog to investigate flood risks to Superfund sites

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Bound Brook flood, Hurricane Irene, new jersey

MICHAEL BIESECKER and JASON DEAREN / AP / NJ HERALD – A federal government watchdog agency will investigate the threats from flooding and other natural disasters to the nation’s most polluted places.

The Government Accountability Office told members of Congress it was assigning investigators to study the risks to human health and the environment that natural disasters pose to the more than 1,300 sites in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program.

The study, which comes after a historic hurricane season that inundated major cities and caused billions of dollars in damage, also seeks to determine what the federal government can do about it …

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