House Appropriations Committee Cuts EPA Funding

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2013 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill on June 28 by a vote of 26 to 19.  The $28 billion dollar bill funds the Department of Interior, EPA and various other agencies.  It drastically reduces EPA’s State Revolving Fund allocating just $689 million for the clean water SRF, over $710 million less than in FY 2012, and $829 million for the drinking water SRF, $89 million less than in FY 2012. More details on the funding levels were covered in last week’s eNews.

During the markup of the bill, several amendments of interest to ACWA members were debated.  An effort lead by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) to remove the prohibition of funding for the National Ocean Policy was defeated as was an effort to strike report language preventing EPA from implementing draft clean water act guidance. An amendment Rep. Aderholt (R-AL) requiring municipalities to follow “buy American” requirements for iron and steel products when funding projects through EPA’s SRF program was agreed to by voice vote.

The bill text and committee report can be found here.