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According to the EPA: "The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund, was enacted by Congress on December 11, 1980. This law created a tax on the chemical and petroleum industries and provided broad Federal authority to respond directly to releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment." In 1986, CERCLA was amended with the The Superfunds Amendment and Reauthorization Act, or SARA. Learn more here
Superfund sites across the U.S. Image retrieved from Wikipedia.
Acid rain devouring New England forests. Homes built on toxic sites. Unswimmable rivers and cities cloaked in smog. The United States looked very different before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) arrived, but a recent Congressional bill calls for the agency's abolition. So Americans may wonder: What would life be like without the EPA?
TRENTON -- President Donald Trump's budget chief on Thursday proposed steep cuts to many federal agencies, including the government's environmental watchdog, telling reporters tough decisions were necessary to rein in the federal budget. "You can't drain the swamp and leave all of the people in it," White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said at a Washington briefing.