According to analysis by the National Committee on Science and the Environment, budgets for the EPA and most non-defense science agencies would be cut under the Omnibus Appropriations bill Congress passed over the weekend. NCSE says:

…the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would decline by approximately $345 million or 4.1 percent to $8.02 billion in FY 2005. EPA’s Science and Technology account would decline by approximately 4.9 percent to $744 million.

You can access more of NCSE’s budget analysis of the supposedly 1,689 page document.

NCSE puts on a good annul conference in Washington by the way — next year’s is entitled Forecasting Environmental Change and runs 3-4 February 2005. Register by December 3 for a cut rate registration fee.