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TOXICS:

Programs to screen, treat lead poisoning in children face budget ax

Fifteen years ago, Liz Colon was shocked when she got the call from her pediatrician. Her 1-year-old son had tested positive for lead poisoning. Colon had recently bought a house in Providence, R.I., and within a few months her baby was back in the hospital and the local health department was helping her identify the source of the lead. Nearly two decades later, Colon, who went on to work for the Childhood Lead Action Project, says that without the lead screening and health department efforts, her son likely would have faced major health problems without her understanding why.

SUPERFUND:

Spending bill targets upcoming EPA proposal

Deep inside the newly passed government spending bill is a provision requiring U.S. EPA to study the viability of new financial assurance requirements on hardrock mining companies before proposing its forthcoming rule on the subject. The issue is gaining prominence, with mining companies worried about dealing with too much red tape.

EPA plans to propose the new requirements sometime this year to prevent taxpayers from being on the hook for abandoned mine cleanups under the Superfund law. In 2009, EPA put hardrock mining at the top of the list of industries the agency is targeting for new financial assurances, like bonds or letters of credit.

APPROPRIATIONS:

Democrats pleased with EPA provisions in omnibus

The final $1 trillion spending package put forth by Republicans and Democrats last night includes a few significant new compromises on U.S. EPA programs that have Democrats claiming victory.

The fiscal 2012 omnibus includes a provision addressing the agency's program for assessing the health risks posed by chemicals and eliminates many controversial riders that Democrats charged the GOP tried to squeeze into the bill.

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About This Report

This report is a one-stop resource for tracking the fiscal 2012 spending process for environmental and energy accounts. The report includes budget tables for DOE, EPA, Interior, NOAA, and USDA, and links to stories that relate to the issues surrounding each bill. The tables and stories will be updated throughout the year.

Appropriations Tables

These appropriations tables feature a year-by-year comparison tracking spending on environment and energy programs. Click on a link below to view the appropriation table for that department.

Department of Agriculture

Army Corps

Bureau of Land Management

Department of Energy

Fish and Wildlife Service

Forest Service

EPA

NOAA

National Park Service

Transportation

Misc. Agencies

Agriculture

Army Corps/Water

Budget

Energy

EPA

Interior

NOAA

Transportation