GOP Bill Would Merge EPA and DOE

Senate Republicans are pushing a plan to morph the Energy Department and the EPA into one giant agency.

US-Senate-SealA bill recently introduced by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C) would combine the DOE and the EPA into a new agency called the Department of Energy and Environment. Burr’s effort has the backing of 15 GOP co-sponsors.

Consolidating the agencies could result in more than $3 billion in savings in 2012 alone, according to a statement from Burr’s office. The super-agency would retain the core functions of the DOE and the EPA but would cut ineffective or redundant programs, the statement said.

The new department would include an undersecretary for nuclear security to oversee the weapons and nonproliferation programs that now fall under the DOE, according to the bill.

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Source: Robin Bravender | POLITICO
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