The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget did not escape the proverbial chopping block of President Obama’s budget, released on February 14, 2011. The budget calls for a 13 percent decrease in the EPA’s funds, including the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, EPA Homeland Securities Activities, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, EPA.
The budget also calls for the termination of several EPA programs:
“As millions of families are cutting back and spending less, they expect the same good fiscal sense out of their government,“ EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement. “That is why this budget reflects the tough choices needed for our nation’s short- and long-term fiscal health – and allows EPA to maintain its fundamental mission of protecting human health and the environment.”
The budget does give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an additional $46 million to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, and implement GHG reporting requirements under the Clean Air Act. There would be $25 million for states and $5 million for the EPA to address GHGs in Clean Air Act permitting activities.
One hand out to the fossil fuel sector, Fossil Energy Research and Development, would be reduced by $219 million. Three other fossil fuel hand outs would be terminated: Coal Tax Preferences, Oil and Gas Company Tax Preferences, and the Oil and Gas Research Development Program.
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