The U.S. EPA, along with other non-defense agencies and departments, is bracing for a yet-to-be-determined cut in spending as a result of the budget sequestration process under the Budget Control Act of 2011.  The EPA’s acting administrator, Bob Perciasepe, has indicated that he anticipates a budget cut of approximately 5%. The cuts are expected to come in the form of employee furloughs and reduced contract spending.  It is also anticipated that the cuts will affect the EPA’s state grant programs used by states to fund many of their environmental programs.  The White House Council on Environmental Quality estimated that states could lose $154,000,000 in federal funding for environmental activities under the sequestration.