by Axie Navas
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August 4, 2012
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EPA faces budget cuts that could reach basin

Debate in Congress started last week on a bill the House Appropriations Committee approved in July 2011 that would cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by $1.4 billion and could eventually affect the Lake Tahoe Basin.

"We're definitely concerned. Any cuts in funding regarding vital issues in the Basin we take seriously," Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board Executive Officer Patricia Kouyoumdijan said.

About $191,000 of the water quality board's $6.7 million budget comes from federal funds. If the bill passes, the organization might face some cuts, but it wouldn't be severe, Kouyoumdijan said.

"Roughly $40,000 of that ($191,000) …

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