Environment would get big boost in Obama budget

By: By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press Writer
By: By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The environment would get a lot more green under President Barack Obama's proposed budget.

Obama would nearly triple funding for infrastructure projects that protect waterways and drinking water as part of the largest budget request for the EPA in eight years.

He is requesting $10.5 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency - a nearly 50 percent increase over what President George Bush asked for last year.

The total includes $3.9 billion for improving the nation's sewage treatment plants and drinking water systems, as well as projects to protect sources of drinking water.

The budget also banks on raising billions starting in 2012 from auctioning permits to companies that emit the gases blamed for global warming.

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