Budget Cuts, Industry Could Delay Toxic Cleanups: GAO

Law360, New York (August 25, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report Thursday finding budget shortfalls and fights between corporations and regulators could interfere with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's long-term goals for cleaning toxic waste from industrial facilities.

The GAO reviewed the EPA's goals for cleaning hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, finding the agency was unlikely to meet its 2020 cleanup goal. That goal included finding final cleanup solutions for 95 percent of 3,747 facilities regulated under RCRA.

U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey,...
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