Superfund's Future: What Will It Cost?

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Overview

Reauthorization of the Superfund law continues to be a major source of controversy among political leaders and environmental activists. Some seek a major overhaul of the statute, arguing that considerable cleanup still needs to be done. Others oppose major changes, asserting that cleanup is almost complete. One of the most contentious issues in the debate is whether the taxes that once stocked the Superfund Trust Fund need to be reinstated. The answer depends in large part on how much money EPA will need to implement the Superfund program. To inform this discussion, the U.S. Congress asked Resources for the Future (RFF) to estimate the program's future costs. The results of this research are included in Superfund's Future, a book that will become an essential reference for all participants in the debate about one of the nation's most controversial environmental programs.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'The most important study ever undertaken about the future of Superfund.'
Timothy Fields Jr., former assistant administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

'The most thorough examination of the future of the Superfund program. Required reading for anyone with an interest in this complex environmental issue.'
Karen Florini, senior attorney, Environmental Defense

Booknews
This volume presents the results of a study commissioned by Congress estimating the future costs of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, commonly known as the Superfund program. The study projects the cost of activities such as cleaning up sites on the EPA's National Priorities List, conducting emergency response and removal actions, performing five-year reviews, and administering the program. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891853395
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: RFF Press Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Probst is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future. She is the coauthor of Footing the Bill for Superfund Cleanups: Who Pays and How?, Long-Term Stewardship and the Nuclear Weapons Complex: The Challenge Ahead, and The Evolution of Hazardous Waste Programs: Lessons from Eight Countries.

David M. Konisky is a research associate at Resources for the Future. His recent work has been published in The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Also contributing to Superfund's Future are Robert Hersh, research assistant Michael B. Batz, and consultant Katherine D. Walker.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Removal Program
3. The Remedial Program and the Current National Priorities List
4. Post-Construction Activities
5. The Size and Composition of the Future National Priorities List
6. Superfund Support Activities and Programs
7. The Future Cost of Superfund: FY 2000 through FY 2009
Appendix A: EPA Regional Offices
Appendix B: FY 2000 Status of 52 Sites Proposed to the NPL as of the End of FY 1999
Appendix C: Data Sources
Appendix D: RFF Data Collection
Appendix E: Interviews Regarding Future NPL Sites
Appendix F: Building Blocks of the RFF Future Cost Model
Appendix G: The RFF Future Cost Model
Appendix H: Supplementary Tables of Results
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Glossary of Terms
Notes
Index

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