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Superfund delays.

Superfund delays

By the end of last year, both the House and Senate had passed legislation authorizing a new, tougher Superfund program for cleaning up abandoned toxic-waste dumps (SN: 12/21&28/85, p. 390). But the bills were different enough to require lengthy negotiations between the two boides before a compromise version could be presented to President Reagan for signing into law. Those discussions are still going on.

The biggest problem is deciding whether most Superfund money should come from a tax on petrochemical feed stocks or from a broader tax on manufactured goods. Meanwhile, with no new funds coming in, the Environmental Protection Agency has threatened to stop all current work at toxic-waste sites and to lay off staff beginning April 1.
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Date:Mar 22, 1986
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