Watchdog: EPA has spent 6% of infrastructure funds

By Kevin Bogardus | 03/07/2024 01:26 PM EST

By the end of last year, the agency had obligated $17.2 billion, or 28 percent of its funds, under the infrastructure law and only spent $3.8 billion.

Workers prepare to lift a new pedestrian bridge into place.

Workers prepare to lift a new pedestrian bridge into place at the Stamford Transportation Center on Aug. 26, 2023, in Stamford, Connecticut. Much of the project's funding came from the bipartisan infrastructure law. John Moore/Getty Images

EPA so far has spent a small percentage of funds allocated by President Joe Biden’s legacy-making infrastructure law, the agency’s internal watchdog found.

EPA’s Office of Inspector General has launched a number of audits and investigations into how the agency is handling implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, according to a “Year Two” progress report on the law it released Thursday. Under the act, enacted in 2021, EPA has received billions of dollars to rebuild water systems, clean up Superfund sites and provide electric school buses.

The inspector general is responsible for oversight of those programs and has warned about the massive amount of money flowing into the agency.


In a foreword accompanying the report, EPA Inspector General Sean O’Donnell said, “This increased funding brings greater risks of fraud, waste, abuse, and noncompliance with both federal and EPA funding requirements.”