Just as Minden may become Superfund site, WH budget cutting EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) –┬áPresident Trump’s proposed 2019 budget calls for slashing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by more than one third, just as Governor Justice says Minden may be placed on the EPA’s Superfund site list by the end of the month.

The president’s budget would also make deep cuts to funding for cleaning up the nation’s most polluted sites, even as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says that’s one of his top priorities. Trump’s budget would allocate just $762 million for the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account, a reduction of more than 30 percent.

Current spending for Superfund is down to about half of what it was in the 1990s. Despite the cut, the White House says the administration plans to “accelerate” site cleanups by bringing “more private funding to the table for redevelopment.”

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