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Activists call for reinstatement of superfund tax.

Environmentalists and legislators past and present gathered at the 15-acre Superfund site in the Morganville section of Marlboro, NJ, called for the reauthorization of a tax on petroleum and chemical companies and increased penalties for polluters they said could help complete site cleanups

"Until the Superfund is reauthorized by the Obama administration and our Congress, hardworking American citizens are stuck paying the enormous bills of our 1,200-plus Superfund sites across the nation," said Robert Spiegel, Edison Wetlands Association executive director.

"The common-sense "polluter pays' mandate taxes the oil and chemical companies that caused this problem in the first place rather than American taxpayers," Spiegel said. "Without a healthy Superfund, cleanups come to a halt, creating a potential health risk for the one-quarter of all Americans who live within four miles of a Superfund site."

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Publication:Hazardous Waste Superfund Alert
Date:Dec 10, 2010
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