EPA DOI Budget: States get more say
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APRIL 10, 2001

The Environmental Protection Agency fiscal year 2002 budget released on Monday decreases federal enforcement of environmental laws while giving states more power over polluters.

The EPA request includes a reduction of 9 percent in enforcement staff. It provides states with $25 million in grants for their own enforcement and $25 million for environmental evaluations.

The Department of Interior proposal includes similar provisions. Secretary Gale Norton yesterday said the budget encourages partnerships with states and private industry, including $450 million in Land and Water Conservation grants to states.

Get the Budgets:
Fiscal Year 2002 Interior Budget in Brief (DOI 4/9)
Fiscal Year 2002 Environmental Protection Agency Budget and Summary (EPA 4/9)

Get the Story:
Bush Plan Shifts Power Over Polluters to States (The Washington Post 4/10)