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House approves big cuts to environmental research

The House of Representatives has passed a package of budget bills for fiscal year 2018 that would cut funding for several research programmes on the environment and public health.

The $1.2-trillion bill, passed on 14 September, includes a $100-million cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s research division. The overall EPA budget would be at its lowest level since 2008.

The bill also cuts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s environmental satellite capacity by about 25 per cent.

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