The federal Superfund is at its weakest point since it was started 25 years ago. That's the contention of more than 50 environmental groups, including Albany's Citizens Environmental Coalition.
They said the fund has failed to clean up the bulk of contaminated sites in the US. And the groups claim taxpayers are bearing the $1.2 billion burden.
The executive director of CEC is asking for the reinstatement of fees on polluting industries to help offset the cost on taxpayers.
There's fresh news that the economy was growing before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit.
The Commerce Department is reporting the GDP grew at 3.3 percent the first half of the year, but now analysts believe growth stands at around three percent in the second half. That marks a downgrade of expectations in light of the storms.
Meanwhile, more numbers are raining down from Katrina.
According to the Labor Department, the number of Americans claiming they lost their jobs because of the storm went up by another 60,000 last week. That takes the total for Katrina repercussions to $279,000.
Overall, applications went down 79,000 from the previous week -- the largest one-week drop in 13 years.
A half million dollars is going to a group of small and medium-sized manufacturers in the Albany area.
The funding was approved by the Empire State Development Corporation, under the program called the Institute for Excellence in Manufacturing. It will help create a regional training center to make those manufacturers more competitive in the global market.
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