Trump Pick for EPA Administrator Would Prioritize Superfund

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By Christina M. Sartorio

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, nominee for EPA Administrator, indicated that if he is confirmed, he would make Superfund "a priority." Funding for the Superfund Program has decreased over the years, from $2 billion in 1999 to $1.1 billion in 2016. When questioned during recent Senate committee hearings, Pruitt stated "[i]f confirmed, I would expect to prioritize the cleanup of contaminated land." He also indicated that he would be more deferential to state governments, which has raised some concerns over whether states would receive necessary federal financial support to face cleanup challenges at Superfund Sites.  Connell Foley will continue to monitor developments at the EPA that may impact clients and their projects.