May 21, 2001
Administration strongly supports enactment of H.R. 1831. The bill
will promote the cleanup of Superfund sites and reduce needless lawsuits
by drawing a bright line between large contributors of toxic waste
and small businesses who disposed of only small amounts of waste or
ordinary trash. The Administration commends the bipartisan sponsors
of H.R. 1831 for developing legislation that will reduce litigation
and thereby increase the time and resources that can be spent on cleaning
the environment. The Administration will continue to work in the legislative
process to address concerns with the provisions that cut off citizens'
access to courts and withhold the benefits of the bill for small businesses
unless they comply with all information requests imposed by EPA, whether
the law requires the furnishing of that information or not.