The proposed FY 2012 budget of $8.973 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) includes a $70 million reduction for Superfund programs. EPA reports that while it will be exploring efficiencies in the Superfund program, the reduction in the budget for Superfund programs will slow the pace of new projects and completion of projects. Also, EPA is proposing to reinstate the superfund tax on petroleum products and hazardous chemicals in order to replenish the hazardous waste cleanup fund.
Overall, the FY 2012 budget of $8.973 billion for EPA represents a 13 percent decrease from its FY 2010 budget of $10.3 billion. Other EPA programs facing budget cuts include the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, Brownfield program, Great Lakes Restoration program, diesel emissions retrofit program and leaking underground storage tank program. On the other hand, the budget for regulatory efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and implement greenhouse gas reporting requirements under the Clean Air Act has been increased.