Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2020 Interior-Environment Funding Bill

Read the full story from the House Appropriations Committee. The Washington Post’s Energy 202 breaks down the items of interest to ENB readers.

  • EPA: The proposal includes a marked increase for the agency for the 2020 fiscal year, up to about $9.5 billion from the current $8.8 billion.
  • Great Lakes: The legislation also calls for $305 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Just a day before, the president sent congressional leaders a letter to amend his 2020 budget request to include additional funding for Great Lakes restoration and for the Everglades. Trump’s initial budget proposal included a 90 percent cut to that initiative but during a Michigan rally in March, the president reversed his stance and vowed to fully fund the program.
  • Superfund: Another bump would go to the toxic sites cleanup program, which would receive $1.21 billion, up $55 million from the current spending level and up $169 million from the White House proposal.
  • PFAS: There’s also $18 million included in the proposed EPA budget to research chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
  • Clean energy: The proposed funding for energy and water programs includes an 11 percent increases for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and also boosts by about 16 percent or $59 million the budget for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
  • Public lands: Finally, the House proposal included new funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a popular program that helps expand parks and other public areas.

 

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