Recently, both the EPA and Presidential candidate John Kerry stated their support for increased taxes on chemical and oil companies to finance the Superfund Program.  But according to Raymond Keating of the Small Business Survival Committee, such new taxes will not fix the myriad of problems surrounding the Superfund Program.  Comments Keating: “A huge problem is that incentives under this program point to state and local officials foisting as many cleanup sites as they can onto the federal taxpayers, but why should taxpayers in Georgia cleanup waste sites in Oregon?  Getting waste sites cleaned up should not rely upon new federal taxes, but instead calls for getting the feds out of the cleanup business and states and local governments to be more involved.”

Author