Administration Cuts Clean-Up Funding - NYT
Mon Jul 1, 1:49 AM ET
New York Times
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bush administration has cut
the funds necessary to clean up 33 toxic waste sites in
18 states under the Superfund cleanup program, according
to a new report to Congress by the inspector general of
the Environmental Protection Agency (
web sites), The New York Times reported Monday.
The cuts will likely mean work comes to a halt at some of
the more polluted sites in the U.S., according to the paper,
increasing uncertainty over when the work will proceed and
who will pay for it.
Sites affected by the cuts include a manufacturing plant
in Edison, New Jersey, where the herbicide Agent Orange,
used in the Vietnam War, was produced, as well as several
chemical plants in Florida and two old mines in Montana.
Two Congressional Democrats, Representatives John Dingell
of Michigan and Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, gave
the report to the paper after asking the environmental
agency's inspector general for a copy.
The two congressman represent states with heavy concentrations
of Superfund sites.
The report is the first public listing by the environmental
agency of where it intends to cut Superfund spending.
The administration had indicated it would reduce spending
from the special fund that pays for cleaning up sites
where the original polluter has gone out of business or
is otherwise unable to pay for remediation.