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New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 1 Taking the Lead on Climate Change - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 23 Bureau of Environmental Statistics - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 24 Treading Carefully With Environmental Information - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 22 Combatting Ignorance About US Water Quality - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 7 Making Electricity Markets Competitive - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 3 Carbon Tax to Reduce the Deficit - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 8 Cleaning Up Power Plant Emissions - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 25 Better Evaluation of Life Saving Environmental Regulations - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 4 Slaking Our Thirst for Oil - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 5 Stimulating Renewable Energy - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 6 Rewarding Automakers for Fuel Economy - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 4 Pay As You Drive Car Insurance - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 10 State Innovation for Environmental Improvements- New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
11 Pay as You Slow: Road Pricing to Reduce Traffic Congestion
Chapter 21 Zoning the Oceans - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
18 Streamlining Forest Service Planning
13 A New Approach to Air Quality Management
Chapter 16 Modernizing the Food Safety System - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 15 A Broader View of Brownfield Revitalization - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 2 Stimulating Technology to Slow Climate Change - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 12 Focus on Particulates More Than Smog- New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 13 New Approach to Air Quality Management - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 14 Redirecting Superfund Dollars - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 17 Performance Standards for Food Safety - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 19 Smarter Budgeting for Space Missions - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 20 Taking the Lead on Climate Change - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
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Redirecting Superfund Dollars
Katherine N. Probst

Chapter 14 in New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Adivce for the President



In 2004, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) appropriation for the Superfund program was almost $1.3 billion dollars. Over the course of your second administration, we can expect government to spend an additional $5.2 billion.

 

Mr. President, for the integrity of the program and for the public interest, I recommend that your administration conduct a thorough evaluation of the current allocation of resources within the Superfund program.

Based on that evaluation, your administration can recommend which expenditures are truly necessary for the successful implementation of the program and determine where a redeployment of resources--in both staff and dollars--might better ensure that we accomplish the central goal of Superfund--that is, thorough and expeditious cleanups of sites across the nation that are contaminated with hazardous substances.

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This "zero-based budgeting" approach must be conducted by people who are knowledgeable about the various components of the Superfund program but whose budgets will not be affected by the outcome of the evaluation. It is critical that the evaluation not become an excuse for dismantling the program but truly be aimed at how to best deploy limited resources to achieve the goals of the program--cleaning up contaminated sites and protecting public health.



Related Policy Recommendation:

Chapter 15. A Broader View of Brownfield Revitalization
Kris Wernstedt


Katherine N. Probst focuses her research on the costs and implementation of the Superfund program. She has also examined the management of long-term risks at sites in the nuclear weapons complex. She is lead author of Superfund's Future: What Will It Cost?



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