The limited funding stems from the 1995 expiration of the Superfund tax that was specifically dedicated to finance orphan sites
. New Jersey is home to 118 Superfund sites, the highest number in the nation.
So far, the government has identified 29 high-risk orphan sites
, mostly in Quebec and Ontario.
"Look, the state lost almost 25 percent of its general fund," Kulongoski said in a recent interview, and he later added: "We will look at (the orphan site
account) in the next budget cycle."
The BLM also produced a preliminary database of contaminated sites on ANCSA land and also identified sites not part of a cleanup program (orphan sites
The Orphan Sites
programme Phase One was initially concentrated in the All Saints, Bilston North and East, Blakenhall, Ettingshall, Graiseley and Whitmore Reans areas during 2006/7, with the work carried out by Groundwork Black Country.
When that wasn't possible because the polluting company had gone out of business, CERCLA provided for a trust fund to pay for these orphan sites
to be cleaned.
This requirement should include the creation of a dedicated fund to ensure that the remediation cost of "orphan sites
" is not borne by public authorities.
But there are still significant gaps - especially in so-called "orphan sites
" where ownership is lacking or unclear - as well as deterioration in some previously-built sections.
A federal trust fund, the "Superfund," was established to provide seed money for investigations and program management, and to fund response actions at orphan sites
where no responsible party could be found.
BP has agreed to spend $15 million to clean up oil field orphan sites
. (Orphan sites
are those that have no known or viable responsible party.) BP has agreed to clean its own sites within six years, and BP contractors are instructed to pick up any empty barrels that they come across.
That left taxpayers with the bill for cleaning up these orphan sites