EPA budget cuts stir controversy

By Alex Bonus | gargoyle@flagler.edu

The Environmental Protection Agency would suffer a $1.3 billion loss under President Barack Obama’s proposed 2012 budget, a modest reduction compared to the $3 billion Republicans hope to cut from the organization’s funding this year.

Released Feb. 14, the president’s plan came three days after House Republicans introduced revisions to the current budget, which would reduce EPA funding from $10.3 billion to about $7.5 billion. Obama’s budget would reduce funding to $9 billion next year, demonstrating the stark divide between the financial goals of both parties.