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Reed Rubinstein Commentary

Environmental program funding debates generally do not generate headlines. Thus, it was quite odd to see the front page of July 1’s New York Times scream: “Bush Slashing Aid for EPA Cleanup at 33 Toxic Sites.” The Times said the Bush Administration intended to cut Superfund cleanup funding at 33 sites in 18 states. The result, according to The Times, was that “work is likely to grind to a halt on some of the most seriously polluted sites in the country…” Noting that the Superfund is almost empty and that the administration aims “to shift the costs of further [cleanup] work to the government’s general accounts, paid for by all taxpayers,” The Times quoted unnamed “congressional critics” asserting that the administration was “abandoning the precept that ‘the polluter pays,’ on which the Superfund program was founded.” The Times story may have aided democrats critical of the Bush environmental record and…Log In to Read Full Article

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