“For 45 years, EPA’s investments to protect public health and the environment have consistently paid off,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “The proposed budget reflects an understanding that a strong economy depends on a healthy environment. The Administration is committed to continuing crucial work to curb climate change while improving air quality, protecting our water, conducting rigorous scientific research, maintaining an effective compliance and enforcement program, and making sure the public is safe from toxic chemicals.”
The EPA’s priorities for FY 2017 include providing information and resources to communities throughout the country so that they can better address existing environmental concerns and improve their resiliency. The budget also devotes significant resources toward fighting climate change, improving air quality, protecting the country’s waterways and improving chemical safety, among other items.
The $8.267 billion budget represents a $127 million increase from the enacted funding for FY 2016, even as the agency eliminated unnecessary and complete programs worth $85 million.