The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Super fund super rip-off

Apr 1, 2002

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), charged with protecting our waters, land and air from poisonous waste, has given an accounting of the work it has done since 1980 using the Superfund.

EPA say that the money from the Superfund has paid to clean up 257 sites and “partially” clean up another 552 sites out of 1,500 originally on the list. The EPA admits that at most of the “partial” sites, the water is still contaminated and will be for many years to come. In other words, they’re still polluted – as are the sites which haven’t been touched at all – among which are some of the most polluted and largest toxic dumps.

So our land and water will remain poisoned by toxic wastes. Does the government propose to bill the polluting companies still more? Of course not. Just the opposite. In 1995, it stopped collecting any money from the polluters. The government itself, which since 1995 kicked in our tax money to pay for what the corporations did, is now reducing its contributions to this project – under the pretext of September 11th.

How many people will have their lives cut short due to the pollution of the water, air, and land near where they live? It is many millions more than the victims of September 11th. This government, which pretends to be the protector of the people, is not about to protect us from those who really harm us: big U.S. corporations.