EPA Administrator testifies before U.S. Senate on budget

On March 22, 2012, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson testified before the U.S. Senate and Committee on Environment and Public Works, where she discussed the EPA's $8.344 billion budget request and the agency's commitment to protecting the environment and the safety of its workers.

Jackson stated that the budget request was a testament to the EPA's commitment to supporting clean air, clean water, and innovative safeguards that are crucial for America.

"This budget recognizes the importance of our partners at the state, local and tribal level. As you know, they are at the front lines of implementing our environmental laws like the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act," she stated. "In fact, the largest portion - 40 percent of EPA's funding request - is directed to the state and tribal assistance grants appropriation to support their efforts."

The EPA's budget also reflects how important it is to clean up contaminated sites by including a request for $755 million to continue support of the Superfund cleanup programs and to maintain emergency preparedness and response capabilities. Ensure workers are protected from hazardous waste dangers by using appropriate safety products such as respiratory protection, safety glasses, and other protective clothing. 

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