Slashing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency would result in increased concentrations of harmful pollution "in the places Americans live, work, go to school, fish, hike and hunt," Administrator Lisa Jackson said in testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee on March 3.
"As head of the EPA, I am accountable for ensuring that we squeeze every drop of public health protection out of every dollar we are given.... I support the tough cuts in the president's proposed budget. But, I am equally acountable for pointing out when cuts become detrimental to public health," she told the subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.
President Obama has proposed cutting EPA's annual budget by nearly 13 percent from its current level.
"That cut goes beyond eliminating redundancies," Jackson said. "We have made difficult, even painful, choices. We have done so, however, in a careful way that preserves EPA's ability to carry out its core responsibilities to protect the health and well-being of America's children, adults and communities."
Among the cuts proposed in the Obama 2012 budget is a decrease of $947 million for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.
For more information on EPA's budgets and spending, go to Planning, Budget and Results.