April 10, 2009
President Obama’s budget calls for a budget of $10.5 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed budget is a 34.6% increase over the 2009 budget estimate. The raw budget numbers indicate that the environment is a priority for the new Obama administration. The percentage increase is one of the largest recorded for any federal agency. The proposal nearly triples — to $3.9 billion — funding for states, local governments and tribes. They can use the money to improve sewage treatment plants and drinking water systems and to protect drinking water sources. These programs already received $6 billion in the recently approved stimulus package. For a story on the Obama budget and the effect on various federal agencies can be found at: http://www.sacbee.com/latest/story/1657086.html?mi_rss=Latest%20News
At Hessian & McKasy’s Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group, our lawyers track development in federal and state environmental law.
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