Toxic Waste Cleanup Exemptions
January 1, 2004
The Club filed suit in early December to fight a giant loophole that exempts the cleanup of toxic waste sites from Clean Air Act requirements. The lawsuit challenges regulations published by the Bush administration that purport to exempt the cleanup of toxic waste sites from provisions of the Clean Air Act that require emission standards for toxic organic compounds released into the air when soil or groundwater is decontaminated. The cleanup of hazardous waste sites generates large quantities of hazardous air pollutants when toxic chemicals are "air stripped" out of contaminated soil, water or other material and then vented to the atmosphere. Among the chemicals released to the air are a wide array of volatile toxic compounds, including such well-known human carcinogens as benzene and vinyl chloride.
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