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Saturday, February 14, 2009

While the bulk of the stimulus's "green spending" is aimed at energy-related projects, the measure also includes plenty of money for traditional environmental priorities.

It includes nearly $6 billion for local water infrastructure improvements, along with another $6 billion for the environmental cleanup of former weapons-production and energy-research sites.

The Environmental Protection Agency's nationwide environmental cleanup programs -- including Superfund, which has struggled for cash since a tax on polluters expired years ago -- will receive $1.2 billion as part of the package. An additional $1.38 billion in federal funding will support $3.8 billion in loans and grants for water and waste-disposal facilities in rural areas.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will get $115 million for construction projects, some of which will help restore refuge habitat, and $165 million to manage its natural resources. The Bureau of Land Management will receive $320 million, which will be spent on priorities such as resource management, construction and reducing the risk of wildfires on public land.

-- Juliet Eilperin

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