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Title: Superfund flop, new Congress fail to faze environmental execs

Congressional failure to pass a Superfund reauthorization bill this fall disappointed environmental consulting and engineering companies, environmentalists and parties liable for site cleanups. The Clinton administration's reform bill was introduced in the House Feb. 3, six months overdue, only seven months before Congress' annual summer break and less than a year before mid-term elections. The House bill was revised in August, but reauthorization was declared a lost cause in October, when supporters faced the harsh political fact that Republicans would hold the line against passing a new law until after the November elections. Of the three major environmental laws overdue for reauthorization--the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Clean Water Act and Superfund (officially, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act)--the Superfund law appears to have the best chance of making it through the 104 Congress successfully. The latest version of the administration-sponsored bill received wide-spread support from environmentalists, industry and environmental business groups as being more reasonable and fair than the existing law.
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OSTI Identifier:
6674703
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Solutions; (United States); Journal Volume: 8:1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; RESOURCE RECOVERY ACTS; IMPLEMENTATION; US SUPERFUND; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; POLITICAL ASPECTS; REMEDIAL ACTION; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; LAWS; POLLUTION LAWS 290300* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety