'Polluters Should Pay Their Fair Share
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement in response to a January 7 special report by the Environmental
Protection Agencys Office of Inspector General that found
that funding shortfalls prevented EPA from moving forward with some
Superfund cleanup projects in fiscal 2003:
Inspector General's report reveals that Superfund spending fell
at least $175 million short last year. As a result, EPA has postponed
or slowed many Superfund cleanups, including at least 29 sites in
17 states. Meanwhile, one in every four Americans lives within four
miles of a Superfund site.
former industrial facilities are so contaminated that they threaten
public health and the environment, but the Bush Administration prefers
to cater to the interests of big corporations instead of meeting
the needs of the American people.
cleanups used to be paid for in part by a special tax on polluting
industries. The tax expired in 1995, however, and the Republican
Congress and the Bush Administration will not even consider renewing
it. The Bush Administration would rather force innocent taxpayers
to bear the burden than make polluters take responsibility for their
clean these sites up as quickly as possible, and polluters should
pay their fair share.