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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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EPA Funding School Chemical Removals To Avoid Costly Cleanups

EPA is providing funding to agency regions to help schools remove laboratory and other chemicals to avoid costly cleanups if chemical spills or other accidents occur, according to an Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response source.

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House Rejection Of 'Pay-Go' Budget Approach May Help Stalled Energy Bill

A House vote that narrowly defeated a Senate budget proposal that tax cuts have to be paid for, could help lawmakers push through pending energy legislation that includes nearly $15 billion in tax incentives.

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Barton Backs Bush Plan To Control Funding For Nuclear Waste Disposal

New House energy committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) has introduced legislation on behalf of the Bush administration to accelerate the House's consideration of an Energy Department (DOE) proposal to take funding for a permanent nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, NV, off-budget. But the effort faces longer odds in the Senate where the leadership has not supported taking funding for the project out of Congress' hands.

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