Because Congress is required to reauthorize the U.S. Clean Water Act and the "Superfund" in the current session and time running short, the assumption has been that only the water bill could be passed. But last week a compromise brightened the prospects for a re-write of the 1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liabilities Act. That's the so called Superfund. Of all the environmental laws on the books, Superfund is the biggest failure. The program, financed by a fee on oil, has cleaned up fewer than 150 of 1,200 possible sites and is being drained by administrative and legal costs. A COMPROMISE ...

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