Thursday, 11 April 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget reduced by $296 million

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget reduced by $296 million, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that the Obama Administration proposed a Fiscal Year 2014 budget of $8.2 billion.

This request is $296 million below the EPA’s budget for 2012, as reported by the United Press on April, 10.

In a statement following the announcement, EPA’s acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe said that the EPA will transform the way it does business ensuring the best use of human and financial resources.

“Our request takes a balanced approach to funding the agency, including increased investments in more efficient technologies as well as necessary program eliminations or reductions.”

The proposed budget would limit new Hazardous Substance Superfund remedial action projects, but would maintain emergency preparedness and response programs.

The budget also would decrease funding for a program that provides grants to reduce emissions from diesel engines, from $30 million in 2012 to $6 million in 2014.

Outdated and underperforming programs totaling $54 million would also be eliminated in the proposed budget.

The budget figures includes investment in the EPA’s E-Enterprise initiatives to convert from paper based to electronic reporting to improve the quality of data used for environmental decision making.

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