Reauthorization and Prioritization Issues Gao ID: T-RCED-94-274 July 20, 1994

GAO was asked to provide views on a bill to reauthorize Superfund, the federal program that finances the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. Debate over the bill comes at a time when cost estimates to clean up the nation's hazardous waste problem are growing at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, the national priorities list of the most severely contaminated properties now contains over 1,300 sites, and expenditures are mounting. In GAO's view, the pending legislation to reauthorize Superfund provides significant improvements over existing law, but additional opportunities exist to make the most efficient use of tax dollars.


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