Brownfields and the President’s budget

The President’s budget for fiscal year 2013, released in February, requests $167 million for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields program – a $1.1 million (or 0.7%) cut relative to 2012. The Administration continues “zeroing” the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program, although it also asks for an increase in HUD 108 loan authority to $500 million. The Administration wants to make HUD 108 self-sustaining through increased fees, thereby eliminating the credit subsidy. The HUD Sustainable Communities Program, which Congress did not fund last year, is back in the President’s budget at $100 million.

President’s FY 13 Budget – Brownfields Related Programs (dollar amounts in millions)

FY 2012 President’s budget for 2013 % change from FY 2012
EPA Brownfields Assessment/ Cleanup (projects) $95.0 M $93.3 M -1.8%
EPA Brownfields Assistance to States (Section 128) $49.4 M $47.6 -3.6%
HUD 108 $5.9 M -100.0%
Clean Water State Revolving Funds $1,468 M $1,175 M -20.0%
Superfund $1,214 M $1,176 M -3.1%
HUD Sustainable Communities $100 M NA