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House Committee Rejects Senate Plan To Double Water Infrastructure Spending

House lawmakers appear unlikely to back Senate efforts to more than double current spending on wastewater and drinking water infrastructure maintenance and improvements, despite lobbying efforts by a broad coalition of environmentalists and water utility officials.

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EPA Officials Question Reform Plan For Superfund Oversight

EPA officials say scarce enforcement resources may make it difficult to implement a key staff recommendation that the agency's enforcement office replace regional program offices in overseeing Superfund cleanups at the 70 percent of sites where polluters conduct remediation.

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EPA Program Offices Warn Security Directives Sap Environmental Efforts

EPA program officials are warning that, without increased funding, White House counter-terror directives will have "serious consequences for our environmental programs," according to an internal agency budget document on agency security activities obtained by Inside EPA.

The document, dated April 30, was prepared for a recent briefing with agency Acting Deputy Administrator Stephen Johnson and describes the agency's fiscal year 2006 security goals under various budget scenarios.

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Budget Woes Threaten Proposed Overhaul Of EPA Criminal Investigations Office

Budget shortfalls within EPA's criminal investigative division have thrown into doubt the adoption of an internal plan for overhauling the program that was prepared in response to allegations of broad mismanagement of the agency's investigators, according to EPA agents.

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EPA Struggles To Show Cleanup 'Outcomes' For OMB Budget Reviews

EPA is struggling to develop an "outcome-based" approach to measuring the success of cleanup programs, in advance of White House reviews that may prompt budget cuts if the agency cannot demonstrate environmental, human health and economic benefits from the programs, top waste officials say.

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EPA Cites New Study To Justify Request For Superfund Budget Increase

In an effort to justify funding increases, EPA is planning to highlight preliminary findings by a university economist that Superfund site cleanups provide significant real estate and public health benefits.

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EPA Moves To Adopt New Staff Plan To Save Superfund Money

SAVANNAH, GA -- EPA is proposing a host of sweeping changes to the Superfund program in a new internal agency study that recommends drastic changes in order to leverage the program's dwindling finances, even though the changes will not come close to resolving the program's annual funding shortfall, an agency official told a conference of state waste officials here April 28.

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Senate Subcommittee To Question Validity Of Synthetic Fuel Tax Credit

The chairman of a Senate investigations subcommittee will hold a hearing in June to try to show that the synthetic fuels industry has been an unworthy recipient of billions of dollars in federal tax incentives intended to help burn coal more efficiently and cleanly, according to congressional staff.

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EPA Wins Support Within Administration For Renewed Security Research Funds

EPA has support throughout the administration for extending the agency's homeland security research program beyond its original three-year mission, in part because of upcoming and current presidential directives that could spur new work for the program, according to agency and other sources.

Support from other federal agencies could help EPA officials in shaping their arguments about continued security research funds during budget discussions next week with managers of the agency's research and development office.

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EPA Wins Support Within Administration For Renewed Security Research Funds

EPA has support throughout the administration for extending the agency's homeland security research program beyond its original three-year mission, in part because of upcoming and pending presidential directives that could spur new work for the program, according to agency and other sources.

Support from other federal agencies could help EPA officials in shaping their arguments about continued security research funds during budget discussions next week with managers of the agency's research and development office.

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