WASHINGTON-The House Appropriations Committee voted June 13 to approve a bill providing $6.55 billion to the Environmental Protection Agency in fiscal year 1997. Committee members amended the EPA bill to add $861 million in funding for Superfund. These funds are contingent, however, on Congress reauthorizing Superfund and $1.6 billion worth of corporate taxes to pay for the environmental cleanup program.
If the $861 million is appropriated, that would bring total Superfund money in fiscal year 1997 to about $2.2 billion.
Authorization for Superfund expired at the end of 1994. Authorization for corporate Superfund taxes ran out at the end of 1995.
The EPA appropriations bill ``shows that House Republicans are willing to put money where our mouths are on the issue of Superfund reform,'' said four sponsors of GOP Superfund reform legislation in a jointly issued statement.
The Clinton administration, however, said it is dismayed the bill provides $494 million less than requested for EPA operations.