US EPA Budget Proposal Issued Today
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson released EPA’s fiscal year 2010 budget blueprint, which takes significant strides to ensure that our air, land, and water are safe and clean. Expanding on the investments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this $10.5 billion budget is designed so EPA can develop programs that are good for the environment, and also aid in the economic recovery.
Clean Water measures include:
The Clean Water State Revolving fund would get a $1.7 billion increase for a total of $2.4 billion to allow states to address the nation’s aging infrastructure and replacement requirements to sustain and improve water quality.
Enables states to provide loans and other forms of assistance for construction of wastewater
treatment facilities, implementation of nonpoint source management plans, and development and
implementation of estuary conservation and management plans.
The proposed funds will be used to sustain communities, encourage and support green
infrastructure, and preserve and create jobs.
Air Quality measures include:
GHG Registry Rule would get 17 million to support Green House Gas Rule implementation and for the design and implementation of a data management system.
The Budget Proposal also includes allocation of funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Recovery Act provides $7.22 billion for specific programs administered by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Program-Specific Recovery Act Plans
represent the heart of EPA’s contribution to the nation’s economic stimulus. The six
Program Plans are:
1. Clean Water Recovery Act Plan: Investing in construction of water quality
control and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
2. Drinking Water Recovery Act Plan: Ensuring clean drinking water through
infrastructure investments such as treatment and distribution.
3. Brownfields Recovery Act Plan: Cleaning up former industrial sites for new
commercial or community use, and training and placing persons in environmental
4. Underground Storage Tank Recovery Act Plan: Cleaning up petroleum leaks
from underground storage tanks.
5. Superfund Recovery Act Plan: Cleaning up uncontrolled hazardous waste
6. Clean Diesel Recovery Act Plan: Supporting the use, development, and
commercialization of strategies to reduce diesel emissions from older engines.