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Superfund Extension: How Much Is Enough?

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Publication Date: April 1985

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Milton R. Copulos

Topic: Environment (Radioactive and dangerous substances)

Keywords: Energy and environment

Type: Report


The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, commonly called the "Superfund," was enacted by Congress in 1980. The Superfund legislation provided federal money for the cleanup of hazardous waste disposal sites that posed an imminent threat to the public, and where the responsible party either could not be identified or was insolvent. Congress authorized the expenditure of $1.6 billion over a five-year period, expiring September 30, 1985. With this date drawing
near, a number of legislative proposals to continue or expand the Superfund program have been introduced.