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Monday, February 20, 2006

EPA 2007 Budget Request

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson released President Bush's 2007 budget request for the agency on Feb 6, 2006. AAEA President Norris McDonald attended the announcement at EPA Headquarters. The request is for $7.3 billion. Critics will complain that the figure is down slightly from previous years but we believe EPA can operate sufficiently with that amount of money.

Just think, $7 billion over the last 20 years is $140 billion. That seems like a lot of money to us. And EPA is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. As the first president to regulate Mercury, we hope this administration will continue to propose, implement and fund innovative environmental protection programs.

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