Superfund Sites and EPA Budget Cuts: A Collision Course

May 30, 2017 - President Donald Trump’s first proposed budget has already provoked copious amounts of commentary and speculation regarding its potential ramifications. One of the budget’s most controversial items is the recommended 30% reduction in funds for the Environmental Protection Agency, a figure which may carry with it elimination of over 3,200 Agency positions. Within the proposed EPA cutback is a significant slashing of funds to the federal “Superfund” program under which hazardous waste sites are identified, prioritized, and remediated. This article written by partner Kevin O’Brien for Law360 takes a look at some of the possible effects of the proposed budget cuts on Superfund cleanups and associated litigation.