EPA Administrator Takes Control of Superfund Designations

Published On: May 22, 2017By Categories: Newsline
 
Following a speech where he expressed support for EPA Superfund site cleanups, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he was taking a more prominent role in the program. For those projects totaling $50 million or more, Pruitt will serve as the key decision-maker.

The move drew mixed reactions—those applauding the streamlining measure opposed by those concerned the experts would no longer be making decisions.

Pruitt continues to raise the profile of the Superfund program, considering it a core part of EPA’s mission, despite the proposed cuts in President Donald Trump’s “skinny” budget released in March that would reduce funding by one-third.

Having Administrator Pruitt heavily involved in the Superfund program will help ensure adequate Superfund site remediation takes place. However, taking authority away from those in the Office of Land and Emergency Management could result in a politicization of the program.

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