New Budget Cuts EPA Allotment By 4 Percent

Date: February 7, 2002

Source: News Room

The Bush administration has proposed reducing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by about 4% to $7.7 billion in fiscal 2003. President Bush, who has been criticized by green groups for rolling back some environmental programs during the past year, asked Congress to approve an EPA budget that is $300 million less than what lawmakers set for fiscal 2002. Fiscal 2003 begins on Oct. 1. The biggest cut would come in EPA spending on clean water initiatives, dropping by $524 million to $3.215 billion. EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman pledged no cuts in EPA enforcement activities. The EPA budget proposal would increase spending on its Superfund cleanup program by $4 million to $1.293 billion, and allocate an additional $123 million to brownfields cleanups.

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