April 1, 2009

Can Superfund Weather Climate Change?

Global warming coupled with funding shortages are hurting efforts to clean up the most dangerous waste sites in the United States, activists say.

A study by the nonprofit Center for Health, Environment and Justice found that extreme weather conditions like hurricanes and tornadoes, which may be related to climate change, are causing more damage at toxic waste sites.

Advocates say that if Congress does not renew “polluter pay” fees, which ended in 1995, Superfund will remain short on cash, and the problem will only get worse.

In Colorado, The Monte Vista Journal reports that the Summitville Superfund site is underfunded, and that polluted water leaking from a mining facility there affects a river used for agriculture, livestock and recreation.

–Ronnie Lovler/Newsdesk.org

Sources:

“Global Warming hits SLV”
The Monte Vista Journal, March 26, 2009

“Superfund Report”
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice, March 19, 2009

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