The Business of the Environment
• Accelerating Superfund Site Cleanups: $600 million for the cleanup of hazardous wastes from sites. The EPA will use this funding to increase the pace of cleanups already underway, and return the sites to communities for productive use.
• Accelerating Leaking Underground Storage Tank Cleanups: $200 million for the cleanup of petroleum leaks that occurred from underground storage tanks. There are approximately 100,000 sites eligible for cleanup where leaks threaten soil or water quality or are potentially fire or explosion hazards.
Even in an economic downturn, there are sales to be made and new markets to be cracked. The stimulus package, whether one agrees or disagrees with it, is providing money to businesses everyday. The companies contracting aren’t government-owned, but they will be getting a nice infusion of government cash. Perhaps the time has come to abandoned the dried-up ponds and, as they say, go fishing were the fish are—even if it’s in a brownfield restoration zone.