Superfund State Contract Law and Legal Definition

Superfund state contract (SSC) is a joint, legally binding contract between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a state, to obtain the necessary assurances before a federally lead remedial action can begin at a site. [40 CFR 300.5]. The EPA can obligate or expend funds for a remedial action at a site only after entering into a SSC with the concerned state. If the remedial action is lead by a political subdivision, a three-party SSC among EPA, the state, and political subdivision must be signed. The SSC may be amended to provide the state's CERCLA section 104 assurances before a political subdivision can take the lead for remedial action. [40 CFR 300.5].