A Discovery is the initial activity in the Superfund process where a potentially contaminated site is reported to EPA or a similar state or local agency

In the context of the environment, "discovery" can refer to the act of finding or uncovering something new or previously unknown. This could include the discovery of new species, ecosystems, or natural resources, as well as the discovery of new insights or knowledge about the environment or environmental issues.

Here are a few examples of how "discovery" might be used in the context of the environment:

  • Discovery of a new species: The identification and classification of a new species of plant or animal, based on characteristics such as physical appearance, behavior, or genetic makeup.

  • Discovery of a new ecosystem: The identification and classification of a new type of ecosystem, such as a new type of wetland or a new type of coral reef.

  • Discovery of new natural resources: The identification and discovery of new sources of natural resources, such as oil, minerals, or timber.

  • Discovery of new insights: The development of new knowledge or understanding about the environment or environmental issues, based on research or other forms of investigation.

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