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Obama administration proposes smaller FY 2012 EPA budget

Staff report

The Obama Administration proposed a FY 2012 budget of $8.973 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This budget proposal represents about a 13 percent decrease from the FY 2010 budget of $10.3 billion.

Some key 2012 budget initiatives include:

$350 million for projects strategically chosen to target the most significant threats to people’s health in the Great Lakes ecosystem.

$2.5 billion--a decrease of $947 million-- combined for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.

$1.2 billion for the Superfund program to support cleanup at hazardous waste sites.

$27.5 million increase in enforcement and compliance.

$16.1 million more to reduce chemical risks, increase the pace of chemical hazard assessments, and provide the public with greater access to chemical information.

$1.2 billion for state and tribal grants -- an overall increase of $84.9 million over FY 2010.

An additional $46 million for regulatory efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and implement GHG reporting requirements under the Clean Air Act.

$67.4 million to support EPA’s efforts to clean up America’s great water bodies, specifically in the Chesapeake Bay.

$584 million to support research and innovation into new and emerging environmental science.

For more information on EPA’s proposed FY2012 budget, visit http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/annualplan/fy2012.html .

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