Bill OKd to Salvage Superfund Program

Associated Press

The Senate on Friday passed and sent to the White House stopgap legislation to salvage a Superfund toxic waste cleanup program fast running out of money.

"The money is necessary" to prevent an almost total shutdown of the program after April 1, said Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), shortly before the House-passed measure was approved on a voice vote. "The trust fund is virtually depleted."

The legislation to give Superfund $150 million to spend through May 31 is expected to be signed by President Reagan.

The funding is intended to keep the cleanup effort, which lost its taxing authority last Sept. 30, from running at its currently reduced level while House and Senate negotiators work on a bill to renew and expand it for five years.

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