The passage of Senate Bill 1100, which creates a permanent funding source for the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund (HSCA) will benefit the environment, community and economy, according to Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).
“With the recent outbreaks of trichloroethlene (TCE) in my district, the residents of Montgomery County know first hand the important role HSCA plays in our communities,” Vereb said. “HSCA provides much-needed funding for communities handling these toxic sites, preserving the safety and health of Pennsylvanians. This is important legislation that will help keep the Commonwealth beautiful and safe by cleaning up the state’s hazardous sites. I am thrilled that the DEP will have the funding needed to do their job of protecting us.”
Created in 1988, HSCA assesses, investigates and provides for the cleanup of sites containing hazardous materials. The funding of HSCA became an issue during this past summer’s budget debates. The budget was passed without providing for HSCA funding, leaving enough money to fund the program through December.
If a funding solution had not been secured by the end of this week, the Department of Environmental Protection had planned to furlough the program’s 146 employees.
The legislation was passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate.
Rep. Mike Vereb
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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