There are 21 sites in Maryland on the Superfund’s National Priorities List: EPA’s list of the most hazardous contaminated sites in the country identified for long-term study and remediation. Contamination from these sites can travel through the air, water, soil, and groundwater to nearby land, threatening neighbors’ health. Preventative measures, like specific home maintenance, equipment, and changed behaviors, can reduce that risk – but only if neighbors know they need to do it. Right now, when someone is buying a home near a Superfund site, that proximity isn't disclosed to them in the same way that other hazards, like lead or radon, would be. This bill would add a crucial piece of the puzzle to communities' right-to-know, ensuring that people buying homes within a half-mile of a Superfund site receive a disclosure notice.
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