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MAY 2013

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which is 9.2 percent more than the FY 2012 enacted level. Funding of $27.50 million is requested for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), which will enable continuous, interactive access to the ocean via multiple types of sensors linked by cutting-edge cyberinfrastructure, which will produce unprecedented views of the ocean's depths. The FY 2012 enacted level for OOI was $102.80 million. Environmental Protection Agency The FY 2014 budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is $8.153 billion. This request is $296 million below the EPA's budget for FY 2012. The EPA is proposing $176.5 million for the agency's work with partners and stakeholders to provide information and tools to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA's budget proposal requests $625 million to maintain the strength of core national enforcement and compliance assurance programs, and for the Next Generation Compliance Initiative. Through this initiative, the EPA is developing and implementing new methods based on advances in monitoring and information technology that will improve effciency, leading to better compliance and the ability to focus on the most serious violations. Nutrient pollution is one of the most widespread and challenging environmental problems in the U.S. The EPA is requesting an increase of $15 million in Clean Water Act Section 106 Water Pollution Control grant funding to support states, interstate agencies and tribes that commit to strengthening their nutrient management efforts. Additionally, the EPA will work toward water quality improvements in key watersheds across the country in part- nership with states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This FY 2014 budget seeks to ensure that federal dollars provided through the State Revolving Funds (SRF) support effcient system-wide planning; improvements in technical, fnancial and managerial capacity; and the design, construction and ongoing management of sustainable water infrastructure. The budget requests $1.1 billion for the Clean Water SRF and $817 million for the Drinking Water SRF. Maritime Administration The FY 2014 budget requests $364.8 million to support the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) activities in ships and shipping, port operations, vessel operations, national security and strategic mobility, ship disposal, the environment, safety and education. This is an increase of $15.3 million above the FY 2012 enacted level. The Maritime Security Program would get $208 million. This includes $183 million to ensure the maintenance of a commercial feet, which, in addition to $3 million in estimated carryover balances, will fully fund the $186 million authorized level of $3.1 million for each of the 60 ships enrolled in the program. The request includes $2 million to support continued obsolete-vessel disposal, with priority on the worst condition nonretention vessels in MARAD's three reserve feet sites. The budget allots $152.2 million to support the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy ($81.3 million), the State Maritime Academies ($17.1 million) and MARAD Operations and Programs ($53.8 million, including $2 million to maintain environmental program activities and $2 million to advance a new port infrastructure development program). n www.sea-technology.com May 2013 / st 15

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