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EPA Charged With Ignoring Superfund Law

November 23, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Reagan Administration is violating the tough toxic cleanup and human health requirements of the 1986 law that was intended to revive the Superfund program, environmental groups charged today.

"The Administration has simply decided not to enforce parts of the new law which it actively opposed during the reauthorization debate," three organizations said in a report on the restructured program's first year.

The report said the Environmental Protection Agency "is systematically ignoring" the law's mandates to find permanent solutions to waste dumps and to ensure that cleanups follow the tough health-protection standards.

The agency was also criticized for "foot-dragging" because it still has not implemented a provision under which communities can obtain grants to hire technical experts to review EPA plans for cleaning up toxics in their areas.

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