WASHINGTON (April 10, 2001)—The Bush administration´s $7.313 billion budget for the Environmental Protection Agency in fiscal year 2002 is "in line with President Bush´s pledge to create partnerships" to fight pollution, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman said at her agency´s budget briefing.
At $56 million Ã¹or less than 1 percent over last year´s EPA budget request—the agency´s funding doesn´t keep up with inflation, and is about $500 million less than what Congress actually voted to give the agency in fiscal year 2001.
Ms. Whitman explained that the FY 2001 budget contained special projects put in by Congress. "These were not EPA priorities," she said. The FY 2002 budget includes $25 million worth of state grants to help states set their own environmental priorities, as well as specific carveouts for brownfields cleanup, clean water and new environmental information grants.
"The answers to environmental problems are unique," Ms. Whitman said. "Attempts to provide one-size-fits-all solutions out of Washington are doomed to failure."