Spending On Superfund Cleanups drops | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 86 Issue 34 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 25, 2008

Spending On Superfund Cleanups drops

Department: Government & Policy

EPA is spending less and less on its Superfund program, primarily because it is putting fewer dollars toward the actual cleanup of hazardous waste, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office last week. GAO finds that EPA's overall Superfund expenditures declined nearly 30% in constant dollars over eight years, dropping from $1.8 billion in 1999 to $1.3 billion in 2007. Most of the decrease, GAO states in its report, is due to a decline in site cleanup expenditures, which account for more than three-quarters of annual Superfund spending. The report also finds that congressional appropriations provide about 59% of the annual Superfund dollars spent, with fines, penalties, and reimbursements for government-led cleanups together making up another 19% of the money expended each year. Interest and taxes account for the rest. The report (GAO-08-841R) is available at gao.gov.

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