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Obama 2011 budget request: Interior Department

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By David Fahrenthold
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 12:19 PM

The Interior Department's total budget will not change much in 2011, according to federal documents; it is expected to drop only slightly, from $12.15 billion in 2010 to $12.04 billion next year.

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But, the documents show, the White House wants the department to stretch that money a lot further.

In all, President Obama's budget expects the Interior Department to save $2.7 billion over 10 years. One proposal: cut federal money sent to states for cleaning up abandoned mines once those states finish their cleanups. Another idea is to raise money by charging fees for processing oil and gas drilling permits, and imposing fees on companies that own oil and gas leases but aren't producing anything from them.

The budget would also add $14 million to help process permits for new plants that would use wind, solar or geothermal power on federal land. The department wants to increase the amount of renewable energy permitted on federal lands by nearly 10 percent by the end of 2011.

To see the full budget request, click here.


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