2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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INCREASING APPROPRIATION LEVELS FOR SUPERFUND

     WHEREAS, The Environmental Protection Agency has developed plans, designs, and records of decision for the remediation of large hazardous waste sites, many of them located in or near urban areas; and

     WHEREAS, such plans, designs, and records of decision were developed at great cost and over many years, in close consultation with local and state governments; and

     WHEREAS, EPA and its state and local partners have fielded teams capable of remediating such sites; and

     WHEREAS, because of inadequate funding, actual performance of the agreed upon remedies has been put on hold, or slowed down; and

     WHEREAS, because of inadequate funding some large sites, such as New Bedford Harbor, in New Bedford, MA, have been put on a 26 year cleanup schedule; and

     WHEREAS, such a stretched out remediation is likely to greatly increase the ultimate cost of cleanup to the federal and state governments; and

     WHEREAS, such a stretched out or delayed cleanup schedule is likely to undermine the feasibility of selected remedies, necessitating a new and expensive planning and design process in the future; and

     WHEREAS, such delays perpetuate the public health and environmental threat posed by such sites; and

     WHEREAS, delays in cleanup impose severe obstacles to economic development in many cities; and

     WHEREAS, the money needs of many of the largest sites, which have been in the system for many years, have created a blockage in the system, interfering with EPA’s ability to list new sites or to perform remedies at smaller sites; and

     WHEREAS, the problems presented by large sites that are ready for construction can be resolved through an increase in appropriations for Superfund of $300 million a year for the next five years; and

     WHEREAS, such an increase would actually reduce the cost of the Superfund program over time, and confer significant public health, environmental and economic benefits on many American cities.

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U. S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress to increase the appropriation for Superfund by $300 million a year for the next five years, and to dedicate such increase to financing actual cleanup at ready to go sites.