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10/21/2004

Superfund Projects Unfunded

Acting assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Thomas P. Dunne responded to a letter from Reps. John D. Dingell and Hilda L. Solis, informing tham that thirty-four Superfund projects in nineteen states will not be funded this year.

According to Knight Ridder, "Superfund cleanups of toxic waste fell by 52 percent" during Bush's term. Cleanup of listed sites has slowed, as has the rate of listing. Funding for Superfund is woefully inadequate, due in large part to Bush's unwillingness to revive the "polluter pays" mechanism. A Senate vote on the reinstatement of polluter pays failed last March.

This 2/04 Sierra Club - US PIRG Factsheet [PDF] is an excellent resource on the issue.

 

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