EPA Sets Aside $61 Million of 2012 Budget for Legal Advice

The agency is setting aside $61 million of 2012 budget for legal advice.

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It’s always said in Washington that if both sides hate you, then you’re doing a good job. Well, at the Environmental Protection Agency, they’re also saying it’s pretty expensive to be under fire. Administrator Lisa Jackson says that the agency is setting aside $61 million of next year’s budget for legal advice. “Well, we are sued quite often,” she says, “by many sides.” Officials describe an agency stuck in the middle. Environmentalists think the EPA is too soft on polluters, and industry leaders feel they’re being singled out. So how bad is it? The EPA’s Office of General Counsel is defending 650 cases, say officials.


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