EPA plans fewer cleanups at Superfund sites
Environmental groups hesitate to criticize Obama
Environmental groups and some Democratic lawmakers railed against President George W. Bush's cleanup record. But this time, they're shying away from speaking out against a popular president who is considered an ally in the fight to clean up the environment.
In Obama's first two years in office, the Environmental Protection Agency expects to begin the final phase of cleanup at fewer Superfund sites than in any administration since 1991, according to budget documents and agency records. The EPA estimates that it will finish construction to remove the last traces of pollution at 20 sites in 2009 and 22 sites in 2010.During the eight years of the Bush administration, the agency finished construction at 38 sites on average a year.