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The 99th Congress: A Look at the Year Ahead

January 1985

Citation: 15 ELR 10002

Issue: 1

Author: Bud Ward

Superfund. Superfund. Superfund. There is more to the world of environmental legislation than just reauthorization of Superfund, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.

Keep telling yourself that. You may need to once the 99th Congress convenes late this month and its authorizing committees get down to the work of considering reauthorizations of the torrent of environmental legislation carried over from last year.

In reality, reauthorization of Superfund is just one of the several key environmental and pollution control issues that will face the new Congress. In addition to Superfund, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, and the always-present Clean Air Act are pending reauthorization. Of the major Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory statutes, only the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is "safe," not facing consideration in 1985, it having been reauthorized last year for fiscal years 1985 through 1988. Add to the EPA regulatory programs the resources and conservation programs administered at the federal level by the Department of the Interior, and the 99th Congress' environmental workload grows even larger.

Mr. Ward is Editor of THE ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM, a monthly journal of analysis and commentary on environmental issues published by the Environmental Law Institute.

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