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The shortcomings of the EPA under Anne Burford Gorsuch Research is continually reaffirming the need for a strong aggressive Environmental Protection Agency poison 7 The average Americans exposure to toxic chemicals is expected to double in the 1980s Experts estimate that there are as many as 50000 dumps with toxic chemical wastes across the country and 180000 open pits ponds and lagoons with toxic waste and at least 14000 of the sites are potentially dangerous Beck 20 Companies generate about 88 billion pounds of toxic wastes a year and an estimated ninety percent is disposed of improperly beck 21 And yet in spite of the obvious need for action the EPA headed by Anne Gorsuch has almost come to a complete halt Beck 21 Founded in 1970 after the Love Canal incident made it an obvious concern the EPA steadily increased its effectiveness until 1981 when Anne Gorsuch took office as the Chief Administrator of the EPA How Sewergate 73 Prior to Mrs Gorsuch one of the EPAs most significant accomplishments was getting the 96th Congress to create a five year 16 billion dollar Superfund Beck 21 This legislation empowered the EPA to spend the Superfund monies for toxic site cleanup and to then replenish the fund by suing the companies that dumped hazardous wastes at these sites for up to three times the actual cost of cleaning up the sites Hoertel 23 Thus for the first time the EPA had the money to immediately start cleaning up hazardous sites and a method whereby eventually the companies creating the hazard would pay for cleaning up todays and future toxic sites But this has not happened under Mrs Gorsuch In 1982 the EPA listed 114 toxic dumping sites as posing an immediate danger to the public Poison 8 By 1983 this list has grown to 418 sites and only five of the original 114 have been cleaned up Williams 12 This
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