EPA Head Defends $8B Budget As Reps Rip Fracking Studies

Law360, New York (February 28, 2012, 3:42 PM EST) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson defended the EPA's proposed $8.3 billion budget at a heated U.S. House of Representatives hearing Tuesday, facing questions over new funds aimed at studying hydraulic fracturing and criticism over cuts to state water programs.

President Barack Obama announced his proposed budget earlier in February, boosting funding for federal agencies that regulate offshore oil and gas development but hitting the EPA with more cuts after previously slashing its budget.

During the hearing Tuesday before two subcommittees of the House Committee...
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