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effectively today, and doesn't just pass the problem along to our children.
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I have just reviewed data on MOHAWK TANNERY, a Superfund site
in your state profiled on the Environmental Defense Scorecard at
Please inform me what you are doing to safeguard our national
program to cleanup hazardous waste sites. First and foremost,
it is essential that Congress refrain from enacting any measure
that would undercut the program's polluter-pays liability structure,
or that would weaken the cleanup requirements. I strongly urge
you to oppose any such measure that may be introduced.
I also have concerns about the adequacy of current funding and
the thoroughness of current cleanups.
On funding, I am concerned that the industries that are responsible
for hazardous waste sites are no longer paying taxes into the
Superfund Trust Fund. Over the last two years, more and more
of Superfund's funding has come from ordinary taxpayers. This
year, most of the appropriations for Superfund come from the
general Treasury. This violates the polluter-pays principle of
Superfund taxes that originally helped fund the program.
On cleanups, I am concerned about the over-reliance on "institutional
controls," under which contaminants are allowed to remain at
the Superfund site and the site's use is simply restricted by
legal requirements on paper, such as deed restrictions. Only
about 30% of Superfund cleanups now involve actual treatment.
At a minimum, treatment should be required for toxic "hot spots"
at Superfund sites, and there should be a guarantee that cleanup
activities do not put contamination into currently clean groundwater.
I look forward to seeing your position on these key Superfund
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