Pruitt priorities: Trump EPA will speed up, streamline Superfund site clean-ups

Pruitt priorities: Trump EPA will speed up, streamline Superfund site clean-ups
Scott Pruitt (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – Imagine actually cleaning up toxic messes, instead of spending our tax dollars finding puddles to regulate in people’s back yards.]

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is pushing officials to streamline and speedup the Superfund process to cleanup the nation’s most polluted sites, a problem highlighted by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group in 2016.

“I am making it a priority to ensure contaminated sites get cleaned up,” Pruitt said in a statement Wednesday announcing a directive he signed Monday. “We will be more hands-on to ensure proper oversight and attention to the Superfund program at the highest levels of the agency and to create consistency across states.”

The Superfund program is tasked with cleaning sites on the National Priorities List, which are the most contaminated locations in the country. Pruitt’s directive strips lower-ranking EPA officials of the ability to approve cleanups that cost at least $50 million and keeps that authority with the administrator to eliminate red tape. …

More than 1,700 sites have been added to the Superfund program since 1983, but less than 400 have been fully cleaned, TheDCNF previously reported. It took 13 years on average to decontaminate each of those sites.

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