For the 2010 and most of the 2011 fiscal year, the EPA was about a 10.3 billion dollar agency. Under budget cuts in place for FY 2012, the EPA will be working with about $9 billion.
In addition to the answer getwithrico gave, it should be noted that this money is allocated through general taxes rather than a tax on any one specific item. So, the EPA’s budget reflects how much is availabe from overall tax revenue and how much of that the senate appropriations committee chooses to give them. When the economy is slow as it is right now, the government gets less tax revenue and has to make budget cuts for everything, including the EPA. The budgets of some government agencies get cut more than others.
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