Senate Adopts FY 2019 EPA Appropriations Bill

August 1 2018 – The U.S. Senate has voted 92-6 adopt H.R. 6147 – the FY 2019 appropriations bill for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies – which includes EPA’s budget.  The bill calls for $228.2 million in funding for state and local air grants under Sections 103 and 105 (the same level as FY 2018), $8.06 billion for EPA’s total budget, $50 million for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, $50 million for Targeted Airshed Grants, $27 million for Multipurpose Grants and instructions to retain fine particulate matter monitoring funds under Clean Air Act Section 103 authority rather than shifting to Section 105 authority where matching funds are required.  During debate on the floor, no air quality-related amendments were adopted.  When the bill was marked up by the Appropriations Committee in June 2018, riders were included that would prohibit the issuance of regulations calling for Title V permits for GHG emissions from biological processes associated with livestock production and prohibit the issuance of a rule that includes mandatory reporting of GHG emissions from manure management systems.  As it did during the House’s debate on its companion bill, the White House issued a “Statement of Administration Policy” on the Senate bill.  The Administration raised concerns about the amounts in the bill that exceeded the President’s budget request (specifically mentioning EPA's total funding, categorical grants [e.g., state and local grants] and DERA) and indicated that the Administration looks forward to working with Congress to address those concerns.  The House adopted its companion bill – H.R. 6147 – on July 19, 2018.  The bills must now be considered by a conference committee that will reconcile the differing provisions in the measures.  Since both bills call for the same amount for state and local air grants ($228.2 million), it is likely that amount would be included in the final law.  NACAA has prepared a chart comparing the House and Senate versions to the President’s request.