Analysis

Superfund Tax Would Boost Cleanups At Polluted Sites

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (September 22, 2021, 7:00 PM EDT) -- Underfunded cleanups at Superfund sites that have sat neglected for years would get a major shot in the arm from a congressional plan to revive a decades-dormant tax on chemicals and possibly on crude oil.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's resources to clean up pollution under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, also known as the Superfund law, have failed to match its needs. When the law was passed in 1980, a trust fund for cleanups was funded partly by taxes on chemicals and crude oil, but lawmakers let the authority for that tax lapse in 1995.

The Senate's...

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