Weekly Focus

Infrastructure Bill Expected To Ease Superfund’s Orphan Site Backlog

August 19, 2021
The Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill, which provides billions of dollars to EPA’s Superfund program, is expected to bolster agency efforts to tackle a backlog of new cleanup starts at so-called orphan sites, while the bill’s reinstatement of some taxes that fund part of the program would also give EPA certainty in long-term cleanup planning at such sites, former officials and legal experts say. The $1 trillion infrastructure bill, approved by the Senate in a 69-30 vote Aug. 10, provides an...

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