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Superfund and Brownfields

One of the most significant and successful bipartisan environmental accomplishments in a generation, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, passed unanimously in 2001. This legislation provides for federal involvement under specific circumstances. The Act also authorizes critically needed funds to assess and clean up brownfield sites as well as assist state cleanup programs. This Act provides enormous benefits for the environment and the economy.

I am also committed to a Superfund program that works. Tar Creek, the number one Superfund site in the nation, has suffered from litigation and delay. I am committed to seeing Tar Creek cleaned up and removing the risk that has plagued northeast Oklahoma.

Also, the polluter must pay -- in fact, under President Bush, polluters are paying under Superfund. Unfortunately, the Superfund law too often invites delay and litigation, and, at times, punishes those who were simply following the law. This is unacceptable and I will continue to press for reforms that clean up our environment and do not seek to punish those who have tried to do the right thing.

Chairman Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma

 
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