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Lautenberg Superfund Bill Would Aid EPA Budget Woes

12:57 PM MST | March 15, 2011 | Kara Sissell

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D., NJ) has introduced a bill to reinstate taxes charged to oil and chemical companies to help fund the federal Superfund toxic waste cleanup program. Lautenberg, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s subcommittee on Superfund, says the measure would contribute $2 billion annually to the federal cleanup program. The taxes expired in 1995 and since 2003 the government has funded Superfund clean-ups from general tax revenue. Lautenberg has introduced similar measures before, but in this case has timed it to...

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