HOLLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for a new plan that would increase funding for the superfund program.
The senator made the announcement in Holley, the site of the Diaz chemical spill over 12 years ago. In a special report in February, News 4 uncovered that the government has spent millions of dollars over the years since the spill to relocate families and care for their empty homes.
Schumer says increasing the funding will help get the clean up underway.
“If you’re a little village like Holley, the taxpayers here can’t afford the huge costs to clean up; it would bankrupt the village. That’s why we did superfund and so it has to be the federal government that steps in,” he said.
The senator is backing legislation that would reinstate a tax requiring polluters nationwide to contribute to the superfund program.
The Diaz chemical site was declared a superfund site by the EPA in 2004.