The Art of the Superfund

If you get a chance take a quick look at my story about Kearsarge Metallurgical Corp., the valve company in Conway that became a Superfund site that cost American taxpayers $5 million to clean up. It was fun to research and write. It was not intended to be the weekend feature, but my editor liked it so it got drafted. It started from the question, “Are the people who made this mess cleaning it up?” It ended with the realization that the Superfund program, originally meant to be funded by the companies that risk contamination, has become a program funded by the public. It becomes a little easier to care about policy, I think, when it’s in your back yard and it’s your money that’s cleaning it up.

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