Budget Cuts at EPA Hit States Hard
Governments cut projects, environmental law enforcement
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 21, 2011 4:28 PM CDT
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Wednesday, June 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – In December, Republicans lauded a $1.6 billion EPA budget cut as an effort to shrink federal government—but it’s the states that are feeling much of the squeeze, reports the Washington Post. That’s because most EPA money is channeled through the states, whose governments now have millions less to enforce environmental laws and pay for cleanup efforts. With the federal government also imposing tougher environmental laws, the timing of the budget cuts couldn’t be worse.

“The federal government and state grants are both shrinking while our demands are increasing exponentially,” says an Oregon environmental official. Republicans acknowledge that the cuts aren’t working the way they’d expected; for the 2012 fiscal year, they may work to restrict the cuts to the federal level. For its part, the EPA has managed to save some top projects, including its Chesapeake Bay cleanup, by whittling down others. But “we’re very close to the edge where you start to erode the capacity of the agency,” says an EPA official.

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winterfairy
Jun 22, 2011 7:53 AM CDT
"EPA "demands are increasing exponentially"! That may be the understatement of the year!" yep, got all those carbon credits, CO2 emissions regs to write and make people put catalytic converters on their lawn mowers. This global warming crap is a liberal's wet dream for control and taxes.
MDD
Jun 22, 2011 3:31 AM CDT
Save more Money, disband the EPA! Along with the DEA, ATF and FDA.
winterfairy
Jun 22, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
Crap, whats to monitor or cleanup?? There's no industry anymore. All the EPA has done in the last 5 years is dump trillions of mandates on cities for storm water collection. The fact is, they have nothing to do, they have destroyed all the production in the USA and nobody wants to build anything new because of their draconian paperwork.