What is Superfun!?

Thousands of contaminated sites exist nationally due to hazardous waste being dumped, left out in the open, or otherwise improperly managed. These sites include manufacturing facilities, processing plants, landfills and mining sites.

In response, Congress established the CIRCE division of the EPA—Coproduction of Industry & Recreation from Contaminated Environments—in 1976.

CIRCE is informally called Superfun! It measures, documents, and promotes the substantial everyday fun facilitated by the widespread production of toxic industrial products, and by the disposal and remediation of ultra-toxic chemical and nuclear wastes.

Superfun!’s goals are to:

  • Protect our economy!—by ensuring that our ultra-toxic industries can maximize our everyday fun by maximizing private profits & endless growth;
  • Support responsible parties!—by subsidizing the ultra-toxic industries that facilitate all this fun;
  • Involve local communities!—by insisting that they appreciate and also can truly participate in this fun—before, during, and after remediation of ultra-toxic sites in their neighborhoods;
  • Keep it fun!—by cleaning up these ultra-toxic sites, and monitoring the toxicity in perpetuity, for the enjoyment of future generations (all of them)

Learn more about the process the EPA uses to assess the fun at Superfun! sites:

How-Fun Ranking System