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EPA Finds Poor Clean Water Compliance At Federal Facilities

EPA has concluded that nearly one-third of federal facilities were not in compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA) in fiscal year 2002, compared with more than 90 percent compliance rates for hazardous waste, clean air and drinking water statutes. While federal facilities compliance rates are generally equal or better than private industry for most environmental laws, CWA compliance is significantly lower than the private sector, according to a new EPA study.

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DOE Budget Broadens Eligibility For Increased Clean-Coal Research Funds

The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing increasing clean-coal research spending by more than 50 percent and is dramatically expanding the criteria for projects to qualify for the federal assistance. DOE also is expected to submit to Congress by the end of this month a detailed timeline for developing a prototype coal-fired power plant that produces zero greenhouse gases.

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DOE Cuts Oil, Gas Extraction Research Funding Tagged 'Ineffective' By OMB

President Bush's budget request for fiscal year 2005 would cut funding for the Department of Energy's (DOE) key research initiatives for developing technologies to boost oil and natural gas production. While the initiatives' goals mirror the president's priorities for increasing U.S. energy independence, the White House budget office has ranked the research programs as "ineffective."

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EPA Renews Request For Increased Cleanup Funds Despite Past Congressional Denials

EPA has renewed a request to Congress for increased funding for both the Superfund and brownfields cleanup programs, a proposal that was rejected by lawmakers in appropriating current fiscal year spending.

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EPA Proposed Cuts In Water Funding Draws Criticism From States

EPA is proposing substantial cuts in funding for nonpoint sources of water pollution and sewage treatment infrastructure, while requesting $20 million in spending increases for monitoring to improve assessments about the nation's overall water quality, among other program increases.

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Environmentalists Blast EPA Proposed Research Spending Reduction

EPA proposed reductions in research spending are drawing sharp criticism from environmentalists -- who question how an administration that stresses "sound science" can justify the cuts. Overall, agency research spending would fall by about $100 million from 2004 levels, according to budget analysts.

At the same time, some cuts are prompting worry among agency staff as well.

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EPA Proposes Ending Research Funds For Building Cleanups Amid Ricin Scare

EPA is planning to eliminate research funding for developing technologies to clean up buildings contaminated by biological toxins or other dangerous pollutants resulting from a terrorist attack, according to the agency's fiscal year 2005 budget request. EPA created the program in the wake of the anthrax attacks in 2001 that contaminated several congressional office buildings, and was originally intended to last through fiscal year 2005.

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GOP Lawmaker Eyes Boost For OMB Evaluations Cited In EPA '05 Budget Cut

A House Republican lawmaker is preparing to push legislation that would boost the White House budget office's use of a controversial evaluation tool that the Bush administration is citing to justify cutting $22 million from EPA's fiscal year 2005 research budget.

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Senate Budget Chairman Outlines Plans To Reduce Costs Of Energy Bill

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Don Nickles (R-OK) is outlining his plan to cut at least $11 billion off the cost of the comprehensive energy bill, while congressional Republicans and the White House have agreed to soon introduce a pared-down, less costly version of the bill, instead of breaking apart the bill and passing some of its provisions separately.

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Deficit May Aid Push By Environmentalists, Lawmakers To Cut Industry Subsidies

Soaring federal budget deficits may help environmentalists and their congressional allies curtail new subsidies for industry and funding for environmentally harmful construction projects, as concern about the expense and environmental danger of these programs appears to have gained traction following bipartisan efforts to stall the energy bill, according to environmentalists and balanced-budget advocates.

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