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Document Title:

Beyond Cleanup: Restoring America's Natural Heritage : Facts About Superfund's Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program

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1 - 8

PUBLICATION DATE: 1998

ABSTRACT:
CERCLA, commonly known as Superfund, was passed in 1980 with bipartisan support, establishing a "polluter pays" hazardous waste cleanup program. CERCLA's trust fund - made up of an environmental income tax, and petroleum and chemical feedstock excise taxes - is used by the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the cleanup program and pay for cleanup activities at waste sites. There is more to CERCLA, however. The law also includes a mechanism for trustees to receive compensation from the polluter to cover the costs of restoring lost or degraded natural resources. These are two complementary but distinct programs.

PUBLISHED BY:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

DOCUMENT LINK:
http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/Documents/beyond_cleanup.pdf, 180 KB

Last updated: February 13, 2013