Johnson's Federal and State Partnership Act Passes House
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House passed his Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act as part of a broader bill, the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act, by a vote of 225 to 188:
"For thirty years the EPA has done a good job cleaning up contaminated sites under CERCLA -- but, that doesn't mean we can't do better. This common-sense legislation ensures that States will have an active voice in deciding which superfunds (former industrial sites) are cleaned up under CERCLA, and ensures more sites are getting cleaned up faster. States are often in a better position to understand the local and regional issues affecting the cleanup. The faster sites are cleaned up, the faster economic redevelopment takes place, and this results in more jobs created.
"This legislation would also allow states to seek in-kind credit toward State cost share requirements, thus saving the States money. I am thankful that this legislation passed the House, and I urge the Senate to take immediate action."