Obama's 2010 Budget to Increase EPA Funding by 34 Percent

The Obama administration announced its proposed budget for the fiscal year 2010 which includes a significant boost in funding for the EPA. The $10.5 billion funding will be a 34 percent increase from 2009’s $7.8 billion in funding.

“It takes significant strides to ensure that our air, land, and water are safe and clean,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in her May 7 speech. “And it significantly improves accountability and transparency, ensuring fiscal responsibility at a time when every dollar counts.”

So what’s the EPA’s plan for the extra money? According to Jackson, $3.9 billion will go toward improving the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Jackson says the funding represents a Obama’s dedication to improving the environment.

Lisa Jackson calls Obama's increased funding for the EPA a Photo: Wvgazette.com

Lisa Jackson calls Obama's increased funding for the EPA a "reflection" of his commitment. Photo: Wvgazette.com

“EPA’s new budget reflects the President’s commitment to growing a clean energy economy while protecting human health and the environment,” Jackson said.

EPA’s other plans include $475 million for the Great Lakes Initiative, $17 million for creating a greenhouse gas registry and $1.3 billion to clean up eligible hazardous waste sites, which is part of the Superfund site initiative.

Beginning in 2011, the government will reinstate the Superfund tax on businesses, generating $1 billion a year in revenue.

The new budget will also create jobs. The EPA plans to have enough money to hire 30 additional enforcement staff members in its Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program.

“We see remarkable opportunities to create green jobs,” Jackson said. “We see new growth in communities that are cleaner, healthier places to live, work and invest. And we see new innovations that will protect our planet for the generations to come. EPA has been given extraordinary support, and a revitalized mission. We’re ready to get to work.”

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  1. This is great news. After 8 years of incompetence, it is astonishing to witness an administration place funds where they truly are needed.

  2. Water treatment is definitely a smart expense. It’s so vital to our lives and yet so easy to contaminate.

  3. Really great news… now we can hire 3000 full time employees to monitor storm water turbidity with really expensive turbidemetricomiters…

  4. Shouldn’t some of these funds be awarded to a completely independent institution to prove whether global warming is fact or farce.
    All these actions are taken as if global warming was true–before burying the country in green initiatives, why not see if IPCC has more lies up their sleeves.

  5. Mr. Dabor wrote: “Shouldn’t some of these funds be awarded to a completely independent institution to prove whether global warming is fact or farce.”

    Yes, some independent organization. Like, perhaps, the National Academy of Sciences, established by an Act of Congress in 1863 to “investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government”? Perhaps that organization of approximately 2,100 members and 380 foreign associates, of whom nearly 200 have won Nobel Prizes, who are elected to the Academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research would be a sufficiently “independent institution” who could weigh on on whether this global warming stuff is “fact or farce?”

    Well, the NAS, in combination with science acedemies from 10 other countries stated in 2005: “There is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring. The evidence comes from direct measurements of rising surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures and from phenomena such as increases in average global sea levels, retreating glaciers, and changes to many physical and biological systems. It is likely that most of the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities. This warming has already led to changes in the Earth’s climate.”

    The NAS reaffirmed that conclusion in a 2010 report finding that “Ninety-seven percent of scientific experts agree that climate change is ‘very likely’ caused predominately by human activity.

    But perhaps an institution is only “independent” if it finds that global warming is a farce.

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