Obama Budget Cuts Overall EPA Funding, Increases Chesapeake Bay Program

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says President Barack Obama’s election-year budget has more money for the Environmental Protection Agency’s main program to restore the Chesapeake Bay, but other bay-related programs will see cuts.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Federal Affairs Director Doug Siglin says the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program gets another $15 million added to its $58 million budget in the president’s budget. However, the budget calls for an overall cut in EPA funding, including a 20 percent cut in a $2.5 billion revolving fund that provides money to the states for clean water programs.

Siglin says the budget also cuts staffing for the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, which helps farmers cut runoff and other pollution from their farms.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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