May 09, 2013

EPA Acting Administrator Discusses Proposed Budget

FY 2014 budget requests money for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water SRF

EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe FY 2015 Budget

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to discuss the EPA’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

He stated: “The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget demonstrates that we can make critical investments to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and grow the economy while continuing to cut the deficit in a balanced way. EPA's budget request of $8.153 billion for the 2014 fiscal year reflects our ongoing efforts to change the way EPA does business—to invest in more efficient ways for the Agency to operate, to further reduce costs wherever possible all while we preserve and enhance our ability to carry out the Agency’s core mission to protect human health and the environment.”

It is the product of long discussions and difficult choices. In the end, we believe this budget will enable us to work toward the Agency’s goals as effectively and efficiently as possible.

In addition to other topics discussed, Perciasepe addressed the following highlights from the President’s FY 2014 budget request:

  • Nutrient pollution in waterways is one of the nation’s most widespread and challenging environmental problems. To assist in tackling this challenge, EPA is requesting an increase of $15 million in Clean Water Act grant funding to support states, interstate agencies and tribes that commit to strengthening their nutrient management efforts.
  • Ensuring that federal dollars provided through the State Revolving Funds support effective and efficient system-wide planning remains a priority for EPA. The FY 2014 budget request includes $1.1 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $817 million for the Drinking Water SRF. This money will also assist EPA efforts to expand and institutionalize the use of up-front planning that considers a full range of infrastructure alternatives like “green” infrastructure, so that the right investments are made at the right time, and at the lowest life-cycle cost.