Make Polluters Pay

Newest climate deal would hold polluters accountable for toxic waste clean up

If passed, this bill would reinstate one of several “polluter pays” taxes that was allowed to lapse 26 years ago

Oil rig in the ocean
Oil rig in the ocean [pixabay.com]

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced a deal on a reconciliation bill that, among major climate and energy efficiency provisions, includes an oil excise tax to fund Superfund toxic waste site cleanups nationwide. If passed, this bill would reinstate one of several “polluter pays” taxes that was allowed to lapse 26 years ago. The EPA’s Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up the country’s most hazardous waste sites.

To learn more about how this provision in the proposed reconciliation bill would hold polluters accountable for toxic waste cleanups and how this will protect millions of Americans from exposure to toxic waste read our statement.

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