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The Nation

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee approved a five-year renewal of the Superfund toxic-waste cleanup law, despite complaints from the panel’s chairman that the bill contains “basic flaws” that will “cripple the cleanup effort.” The bill, approved by voice vote, would provide $10 billion over five years to clean up the worst of the nation’s toxic dumps. But it does not contain rigid cleanup schedules sought by Chairman James J. Florio (D-N.J.) and it omits several other provisions that Florio and his allies said are needed to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency into faster cleanup action.


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