Burying the Costs
An update to landfill insurance and funding for future corrective actions
Factoring the full and long-term cost of waste management is becoming evident as to the consequences of climate change. My father as a legislative lawyer helped write Medicare and other major federal health insurance programs. Environmental and
healthcare costs are interconnected.
Two decades ago, I extensively researched financial assur- ances for landfills. I co-wrote a paper with two other experts
since this was complicated. Also, I was instrumental in getting
the Inspector General of EPA to investigate financial insur- ance and wrote a Washington Post editorial about this.