Follow the money
EPA has released its 2010 budget request. EPA is seeking $10.5 billion,which it describes as “the highest level of funding for EPA in its 39-year history,” and which Science‘s Erik Stokstad says (subscription required) would be “a whopping 38% increase over last year’s budget.” Nearly $4 billion would go toward revolving funds to support state investments in water infrastructure (that’s in addition to $6 billion already dedicated to that purpose by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act for FY ’09). About $1.3 billion would go to the Superfund program, more than $600 million of that specifically for remediation. Another $600 million would go to enforcement efforts, including 30 new FTE. Obviously, it’s going to be a tough budget climate this year. How well EPA’s requests fare will say a lot about the priority assigned to environmental initiatives by the administration and Congress.
Holly Doremus is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation at UC Berkeley. Doremus brings a strong background in life sciences and a comm…READ more