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.

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