Uncertain Times: The EPA and Superfund

The Sidewalk

The new administration’s “hard-power” budget calls for cutting funding to the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. To many Americans, this is an astonishing new direction. After the passage of the 1970 Clean Air Act and Superfund in 1980, America’s movement toward a cleaner environment has been a fairly steady trudge forward with a couple cha-cha-two-steps-forward-one-step-back. This new approach, however, is a full-on Ginger Rogers, but without the heels.  Many may call it quite flat-footed.

The President has given every indication that he is gunning for the EPA, including choosing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt who sued over the agency a dozen times to challenge its legal authority to regulate as smog, carbon emissions and mercury pollution, to head the agency.

But on March 2, the Washington Post reported that Pruitt, in a surprising break from character, told the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Capital Hilton that EPA’s Superfund…

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