Cleaning Our Toxic Nation
History of Superfund
Details of Superfund Act
Current State of Program
Criticisms of Program
Hudson River Case Study
References & Links
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POSSIBLE PROGRAM CHANGES
What follows is a list of ideas for programs and
initiatives that could be adopted to better support the Superfund program. This
list is in no way exhaustive, and no one item alone will solve the myriad
challenges we face in remediating toxic waste. It is best to think of this list
as a jump-off point for generating creative ideas about reforming pollution
remediation laws and programs.
- Reinstate the
environmental income tax for corporations dealing in toxic chemicals to
once again grow the Superfund reserve
- Seek private
businesses that may have economic interests in a restored site to help
- Create a management
system that separates large sites, which eat up more than half the
Superfund budget, from smaller sites on the National Priorities List (NPL).
This change would give communities a more realistic idea of what they
might expect in terms of remediation efforts
- Create a program for
dealing with smaller-scale sites in ways that have high returns for marginal
- Citizen action! Start
examining the ways in which a Superfund site near you is being addressed.
In what ways can the process be improved? Join with community members to
support and enhance the clean-up process.
Last updated: 4/30/2007