Budget 2012: Environmental Protection Agency
President Obama's proposed budget provides $9 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, noting that that amount represents a $1.3 billion decrease from the previous budget year. But that's unlikely to satisfy Republicans in the House who are sharpening their knives to cut even more from an agency that plans to pressure big polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The EPA vowed to restore air and water quality with strict new rules, earning praise from liberal groups but making enemies of manufacturers and their politically conservative supporters who say the rules will add to business costs and eliminate jobs. The administration backpedaled slightly on funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, cutting its budget by $125 million.
Locally, funding for restoration of the Chesapeake Bay was increased, buffering an EPA effort to reduce pollution from sediment, phosphorous and nitrogen that flow into the bay each time it rains. That effort is being challenged by farmers who claim in a federal lawsuit that EPA's research regarding the pollution is flawed, and that the agency should not be allowed to enforce measures that will be costly to Bay area farmers.
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