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The Administration is committed to creating a leaner, more accountable, less intrusive, and more effective Government. The FY 2018 budget eliminates programs that are duplicative or those that can be absorbed into other programs or are state and local responsibilities.
Beach / Fish Programs (FY 2016 Enacted: $1.982 M, 3.8 FTE)
This program provides science, guidance, technical assistance and nationwide information to state, Tribal, and federal agencies on the human health risks associated with eating locally caught fish/shellfish or wildlife with excessive levels of contaminants, as well as beach monitoring and notification programs.
The agency will encourage states to continue this work within ongoing core programs.
Categorical Grant: Beaches Protection (FY 2016 Enacted: $9.549 M, 0.0 FTE)
Grants authorized under the Beach Act support continued development and implementation of coastal recreational water monitoring and public notification programs.
After over 17 years of technical guidance and financial support, state and local governments now have the technical expertise and procedures to continue beach monitoring without federal support.
Categorical Grant: Lead (FY 2016 Enacted: $14.049 M, 0.0 FTE)
The program provides support to authorized state and tribal programs that administer training and certification programs for lead paint professionals and contractors. Lead paint certification will continue under the Chemical Risk Review Reduction program.
Categorical Grant: Multipurpose Grants (FY 2016 Enacted: $21.000 M, 0.0 FTE)
This program provides grants to states and tribes to assist with the implementation activities that complement environmental programs. States can continue to fund work through the EPA’s core grant programs and statutes. The agency will work with states to target funds to address their priorities.
Categorical Grant: Nonpoint Source (Sec. 319) (FY 2016 Enacted: $164.915 M, 0.0 FTE)
This program provides grants to assist states and tribes in implementing approved elements of Nonpoint Source Programs including: regulatory and non-regulatory programs, technical assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology transfers, and demonstration projects. The agency will continue to coordinate with the United States Department of Agriculture on targeting funding where appropriate to address nonpoint sources.
Categorical Grant: Pollution Prevention (FY 2016 Enacted: $4.765 M, 0.0 FTE)
The Pollution Prevention (P2) program is a tool for advancing environmental stewardship by federal, state and Tribal governments, businesses, communities and individuals. In FY 2018 the EPA will focus its resources on core environmental work.
Categorical Grant: Radon (FY 2016 Enacted: $8.051 M, 0.0 FTE)
The program provides funding for the development of state radon programs and disseminates public information and educational materials. The program also provides information on equipment training, data storage and management, and toll-free hotlines. For over 29 years the EPA’s radon program has provided important guidance and significant funding to help states establish their own programs.
Categorical Grant: Underground Storage Tanks (FY 2016 Enacted: $1.498 M, 0.0 FTE)
The program provides funding for petroleum and hazardous substance release prevention and detection activities including: compliance assistance, state program approvals, and technical equipment reviews and approvals. States could elect to maintain core program work with state resources rather than federal.
Endocrine Disruptors (FY 2016 Enacted: $7.553 M, 8.9 FTE) The program develops and validates scientific test methods for the routine, ongoing evaluation of pesticides and other chemicals to determine their potential interference with normal endocrine system function. The ongoing functions of the program can be absorbed into the pesticides program.
Environmental Education (FY 2016 Enacted: $8.702 M, 11.1 FTE)
This program promotes delivery of environmental education through science-based methodologies that promote public engagement. In recognition of the significant guidance and financial support the EE program has provided to non-profit organizations, local education agencies, universities, community colleges, and state and local environmental agencies, funding for some of the environmental stewardship activities could be leveraged at the state or local level.
Environmental Justice (FY 2016 Enacted: $7.282 M, 40.3 FTE)
The program provides support to address environmental and human health concerns in minority, lowincome, Tribal, and other communities. Environmental Justice will continue to be supported in the work done at the EPA, when applicable. EJ work impacting the entire agency will be incorporated into future policy work within the Integrated Environmental Strategy program, which is a part of the EPA’s Office of the Administrator Geographic Program:
Chesapeake Bay (FY 2016 Enacted: $73.000 M, 39.9 FTE)
The program includes the States of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the EPA, and other federal partners working together to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem. The EPA will encourage the six Chesapeake Bay states and Washington D.C. to continue to make progress in restoring the Bay from within core water programs.
Geographic Program: Gulf of Mexico (FY 2016 Enacted: $4.482 M, 14.3 FTE)
The program is a partnership of the five Gulf states, Gulf coastal communities, citizens, nongovernmental organizations, and federal agencies working together to initiate cooperative actions by public and private organizations to achieve specific environmental results. The EPA will encourage the five Gulf of Mexico states to continue to make progress in restoring the Gulf of Mexico from within core water programs.
Geographic Program: Lake Champlain (FY 2016 Enacted: $4.399 M, 0.0 FTE)
The program creates a pollution prevention, control, and restoration plan for protecting the Lake Champlain Basin. The EPA will encourage New York and Vermont to continue to make progress in restoring Lake Champlain from within core water programs.
Geographic Program: Long Island Sound (FY 2016 Enacted: $3.940 M, 0.0 FTE)
The program supports the implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Long Island Sound National Estuary Program. The EPA will encourage Long Island Sound states and local entities to continue to make progress in restoring the Sound from within core water programs.
Geographic Program: Other (FY 2016 Enacted: $7.393 M, 4.9 FTE)
The program provides funding to develop and implement community-based approaches to mitigate diffuse sources of pollution and cumulative risk for geographic areas including: Lake Pontchartrain, Southeastern New England Estuary (SNEE), and the Columbia River Basin. The EPA will encourage states and local entities to continue to make progress in restoring these major aquatic ecosystems from within core water programs.
Geographic Program: Puget Sound (FY 2016 Enacted: $28.000 M,
The program works to protect and restore the Puget Sound, focusing on environmental activities consistent with the State of Washington’s 2020 Puget Sound Action Agenda. The EPA will encourage state, tribal, and local entities to continue to make progress in restoring the Puget Sound from within core water programs.
Geographic Program: San Francisco Bay (FY 2016 Enacted: $4.819 M, 1.9 FTE)
The program is aimed at protecting and restoring water quality and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay estuary through partnerships, interagency coordination, and project grants. The EPA will encourage the state of California and local entities to continue to make progress in restoring the San Francisco Bay from within core water programs.
Geographic Program: South Florida (FY 2016 Enacted: $1.704 M, 1.4 FTE)
The program leads special initiatives and planning activities in the South Florida region, which includes the Everglades and Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem. The EPA will encourage state, tribal, and local entities to continue to make progress in protecting and restoring sensitive aquatic ecosystems in South Florida from within core water programs.
Great Lakes Restoration (FY 2016 Enacted: $300.000 M, 71.7 FTE)
The EPA and 16 federal agencies develop and implement a Great Lake Restoration Initiative to restore and maintain the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. The EPA will encourage the eight Great Lakes states and tribal and local entities to continue to make progress in restoring the Great Lakes from within core water programs.
Homeland Security: Critical Infrastructure Protection (FY 2016 Enacted: $11.489 M, 23.1 FTE)
This program involves the EPA activities that help protect the nation’s public infrastructure from threats and intentional acts. Scientific exposure, hazard and risk data on hazardous chemicals is also provided to local communities to directly support chemical emergency planning, response, and prevention programs. The most critical program work will be performed in the S&T Preparedness, Response, and Recovery program.
Indoor Air: Radon Program (FY 2016 Enacted: $3.082 M, 10.6 FTE)
Within this program, the EPA studies the health effects of radon, assesses exposure levels, sets an action level, provides technical assistance, and advises the public of steps they can take to reduce exposure to radon. For over 29 years the EPA’s radon program has provided important guidance and significant funding to help states establish their own programs.
Infrastructure Assistance: Alaska Native Villages (FY 2016 Enacted: $20.000 M, 0.0 FTE)
The program supports wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects in Alaska Native and rural villages. The State Revolving Funds are a source of infrastructure funding that can continue to fund water system improvements in Alaska.
Infrastructure Assistance: Mexico Border (FY 2016 Enacted: $10.000 M, 0.0 FTE)
The program provides for the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater treatment facilities along the U.S. Mexico border. The State Revolving Funds are a source of infrastructure funding that can continue to fund water system improvements in U.S. communities along the border.
LUST Prevention (FY 2016 Enacted: $25.369 M, 0.0 FTE)
The program provides resources to states, tribes, territories, and intertribal consortia for their Underground Storage Tank (UST) programs, with a focus on inspections, enforcement, development of leak prevention regulations, and other program infrastructure. States could elect to maintain core program work with state resources rather than federal.
Marine Pollution (FY 2016 Enacted: $10.161 M, 37.4 FTE)
The program funds the implementation of regulatory and support activities relating to ocean discharges and related marine ecosystem protection activities. The EPA will seek opportunities to continue to meet statutory mandates through the core national water program.
National Estuary Program / Coastal Waterways (FY 2016 Enacted: $26.723 M, 43.6 FTE)
The program works to restore the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of estuaries and coastal watersheds. The EPA will encourage states to continue this work and continue to implement conservation management plans.
Pollution Prevention Program (FY 2016 Enacted: $13.140 M, 58.1 FTE)
The program promotes environmentally sound business practices and the development of safer (green) chemicals, technologies, and processes. Partners can continue the best practices that have been shared through this program and continue efforts aimed at reducing pollution.
Radiation: Protection (FY 2016 Enacted: $12.263 M, 59.1 FTE)
This program includes activities for radiation clean up; federal guidance; risk modeling; radiation air toxics; naturally-occurring radioactive material; radiation waste management; radioactive and mixed waste operations and measurements, and radiation lab-related infrastructure expenses. The EPA will explore alternatives to continue to meet its statutory obligation to implement its regulatory oversight responsibilities for Department of Energy (DOE) activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) facility. The EPA also will explore alternatives for its requirement under the Atomic Energy Act to establish health and environmental protection standards for exposures to radiation.
RCRA: Waste Minimization & Recycling (FY 2016 Enacted: $8.849 M, 51.0 FTE)
The program establishes a framework for redirecting materials away from disposal and towards beneficial uses, such as composting food waste, increasing the recycling of electronics, and reducing waste from federal facilities. The EPA will focus its resources on core environmental work.
Reduce Risks from Indoor Air (FY 2016 Enacted: $13.942 M, 40.7 FTE)
This program addresses indoor environmental asthma triggers, such as secondhand smoke, dust mites, mold, cockroaches and other pests, household pets, and combustion byproducts through a variety of outreach, education, training and guidance activities. This is a mature program where states have technical capacity to continue this work.
Regional Science and Technology (FY 2016 Enacted: $1.532 M, 2.0 FTE)
The program supplies laboratory analysis, field monitoring and sampling, and builds Tribal capacity for environmental monitoring and assessment. Central approach will be replaced with ad hoc efforts.
Science Policy and Biotechnology (FY 2016 Enacted: $1.174 M, 5.4 FTE)
The Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) organizes and conducts reviews (typically six to ten each year) by independent, outside scientific experts of science documents, science policies, and/or science programs that relate to the EPA’s pesticide and toxic program activities. Statutory requirements will be absorbed by the pesticides and toxics programs.
Small Minority Business Assistance (FY 2016 Enacted: $1.670 M, 8.9 FTE)
This program provides technical assistance to small businesses, headquarters, and regional office employees to ensure that small minority businesses, and minority academic institutions receive a fair share of the EPA’s procurement dollars and grants, where applicable. The agency will integrate its resources for Small and Disadvantaged Business activities under the Small Business Ombudsman program.
Stratospheric Ozone: Multilateral Fund (FY 2016 Enacted: $8.928 M, 0.0 FTE)
This program promotes international compliance with the Montreal Protocol by financing the incremental cost of converting existing industries in developing countries to cost-effective ozone friendly technology. The EPA will continue domestic ozone-depleting substances reduction work.
Targeted Airshed Grants (FY 2016 Enacted: $20.000 M, 0.0 FTE)
This program offers competitive grants to reduce air pollution in the top five most polluted nonattainment areas relative to annual ozone or PM2.5. This program is regional in nature, and affected states can continue to fund work through the EPA’s core air grant programs and statutes.
Toxic Substances: Lead Risk Reduction Program (FY 2016 Enacted: $13.275 M, 72.8 FTE)
The program addresses exposure to lead from lead-based paint through regulations, certification, and training programs and public outreach efforts. Lead paint certifications will continue under Chemical Risk Review Reduction program. Other forms of lead exposure are addressed through other targeted programs such as SRF’s to replace lead pipes.
Trade and Governance (FY 2016 Enacted: $5.907 M, 18.0 FTE)
This program promotes trade related activities focused on sustaining environmental protection while growing the economy. In FY 2018 the EPA will focus its resources on core statutory work. U.S. Mexico Border
(FY 2016 Enacted: $3.063 M, 14.7 FTE)
The program addresses environmental protection of the U.S Mexico border in partnership with the ten (10) Border States, U.S. Tribal government, and the Government of Mexico. This program is eliminated as part of the effort to limit federal investment in lower priority activities and to focus resources on core environmental work under core statutes.
Water Quality Research and Support Grants (FY 2016 Enacted: $26.800 M, 4.0 FTE)
The program focuses on the development and application of water quality criteria, the implementation of watershed management approaches, and the application of technological options to restore and protect water bodies. States have the ability to develop technical assistance plans for their water systems using Public Water System Supervision funds and set-asides from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).
Eliminated Sub-Program Projects Greenhouse Gas Reporting (FY 2016 Enacted: Estimated $66.000 M)
liminated 15 voluntary partnership programs as part of the Administration’s commitment to return EPA to its core work. Certification programs like Energy Star have been and continue to be successfully administered by non-governmental entities like industry associated and consumer groups. The eliminated sub-programs are as follows: AgSTAR, Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP), Combined Heat & Power Partnership (CHPP), ENERGY STAR, Global Methane Initiative, GreenChill Partnership, Green Power Partnership (GPP), Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), Natural Gas STAR, Responsible Appliance Disposal Program (RAD), SF6 Reduction Partnership for Electric Power Systems (EPS), SmartWay, State and Local Climate Energy Program, and Voluntary Aluminum Industrial Partnership(VAIP).
Global Change Research (Research: AE) (FY 2016 Enacted: $19.405 M, 47.3 FTE)
The program develops scientific information that supports policy makers, stakeholders, and society at large as they respond to climate change. This elimination prioritizes activities that support decision-making related to core environmental statutory requirements.
Office of Public Engagement (Executive Management) (FY 2016 Enacted: $1.795 M, 12.0 FTE)
The Office of Public Engagement leads and coordinates EPA programs to promote environmental literacy. STAR Research Grants (Research: AE, CSS, SSWR, SHC) (FY 2016 Enacted: $39.058 M, 0.0 FTE) The Science to Achieve Results, or STAR, funds research grants and graduate fellowships in environmental science and engineering disciplines through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review. EPA will prioritize activities that support decision-making related to core environmental statutory requirements, as opposed to extramural activities. Note that this total includes $3.533 million of Global Change Research funding.
Water Sense (Surface Water Protection) (FY 2016 Enacted: $3.075 M, 8.0 FTE) WaterSense is a voluntary partnership program to label water-efficient products as a resource for helping to reduce water use.