Superfund Clean-Up Efforts 'Pathetically Low'

The EPA is emphasizing economic development potential as a factor in prioritizing the cleanup of Superfund sites.
July 20, 2003, 5am PDT | Connie Chung
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The EPA will begin using $49 million in startup money for new cleanups of 10 Superfund sites, while another 10 will be put on hold. According to the EPA, "the primary deciding factor was still the relative health risks posed by each site." Other factors, including "development potential, prospects for reimbursing the government and the impact of environmental injustices" were also considered. "There are 1,233 sites in the $3 billion annual Superfund program, which Congress began in 1980. The Bush administration added eight to the list this year, the fewest in a decade."

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Published on Thursday, July 17, 2003 in The New York Times
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