EPA’s FY 2012 Budget Proposal

We’ve included ONLY a few excerpts outlining areas with increases. The text is quoted from the EPA news website.


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Release date: 02/14/2011

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today proposed a FY 2012 budget of $8.973 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This budget proposal represents about a 13 percent decrease from the FY 2010 budget of $10.3 billion.

Some key 2012 budget initiatives include:

$27.5 million increase in enforcement and compliance, allowing for critical investments to increase efficiencies and streamline enforcement by using the latest e-reporting and monitoring tools. EPA will increase oversight and inspections at high risk chemical and oil facilities in order to protect Americans’ health.

$16.1 million more to reduce chemical risks, increase the pace of chemical hazard assessments, and provide the public with greater access to chemical information so they can make better informed decisions about their health. Learning more about these chemicals will help protect Americans from potential threats to their health.

$1.2 billion for state and tribal grants — an overall increase of $84.9 million over FY 2010. This funding will help communities take steps to meet the pollution standards EPA has developed under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

$584 million to support research and innovation into new and emerging environmental science. This includes a $24.7 million increase to Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants to ensure that EPA is using the best science to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we build our communities on. EPA’s research program is being restructured to ensure that scientific work is conducted more efficiently and effectively.

For more information on EPA’s proposed FY2012 budget:

Leaking Underground Storage Tank – Business owner tips

LUST Brochure

LUST Brochure

The Indiana Department of Enviornmental Management (IDEM) has posted a newLeaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) brochure for savvy business owners.  You can find this excellent brochure by here – http://www.in.gov/idem/files/lust_tips_for_business_owners_brochure.pdf

Source and reference information:

This information is available at the follow IDEM page under Guidance for Owners and Operators.

IDEM > Environmental Cleanup > Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUSTs)


Largest Engineering Firms

Lougheed Engineering is one of the largest Engineering Firms in Fort Wayne.


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Nominated to Who’s Who

Jason Lougheed is now an honored member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who.

Strathmore Who’s Who recognizes those men and women who have achieved success in their respective fields.



Indiana’s Largest Engineering Firms

Lougheed Engineering – One of Indiana’s Largest Engineering Firms!


All Appropriate Inquiries

Download PDFAll-Appropriate-Inquiries

The environmental due diligence industry is in an unprecedented period of transition. The market barely had time to read EPA’s final All Appropriate Inquiries rule (40 CFR Part 312) released on November 1, 2005, when they were hit with another significant development two weeks later: a revised ASTM Phase I E 1527 standard. The federal rule, which recognizes the E 1527-05 standard as an acceptable guidance document for satisfying AAI and took effect on November 1, 2006, gave Phase I consultants less than one year to familiarize themselves with the new requirements. The attached Executive Summary, based on EDR’s 2005/2006 Due Diligence at Dawn workshop series, covers the fundamentals of meeting the new federal pre-transaction requirements, and the details of CERCLA’s post transaction continuing obligations.

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New guidelines to finding a consultant.  Posted at the Indiana Department of Environmental Web Site – IDEM!

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Finding a LUST Consultant

Finding a LUST Consultant