Clinton-Gore EPA Budget Contains Largest Increase Ever

President Clinton's proposed Fiscal Year 2001 budget includes $7.3 billion for EPA operations.

EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner announced President Clinton's proposed Fiscal Year 2001 budget of $7.3 billion for EPA and $2.2 billion for the Better American Bonds program.

The budget is the largest increase in the history of the Clinton/Gore Administration in spending for EPA's essential operations to provide cleaner air, cleaner water, safer food and sound science.

"The Clinton-Gore Administration has achieved an unparalleled record of protecting the public health and environment of America," said Browner. "This budget builds on that progress and addresses our country's greatest challenges -- providing our children and our communities with cleaner air, cleaner water, cleaner lands and improved quality of life."

Here is a breakdown of how some of those funds will be allocated to help meet those goals.

  • Cleaner Water. The budget provides $784 million for President Clinton's Clean Water Action Plan designed to clean up America's waters.
  • Cleaner Air. The President is requesting $215 million to support his action to provide cleaner, healthier air by setting the toughest standards for reducing harmful air pollution from passenger vehicles, SUVs and trucks.
  • Protecting America's Children. The President's budget provides $68 million for targeting potential environmental threats to children, such as lead contamination and air pollution that contributes to asthma.
  • Expanding the Public's Right-To-Know. The budget includes $30 million for the Information Integration Initiative, a new approach to ensuring broad and immediate dissemination of key environmental data and information to the public.
  • Cleaning Up Toxic Waste. The President's budget allocates $1.45 billion in Superfund to continue the cleanup of the nation's worst toxic waste sites.
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