NOAA has been responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident and providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services. We are also waiting for action on the FY10 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.R. 4899), which the Senate is set to consider starting Monday.
On May 12, the Administration requested $20 M from Congress for supplemental funds for NOAA, which includes:
- $15 M for fisheries related impacts
- $5 M for “activities that support the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but that may not qualify as recoverable from the responsible parties under the Oil Pollution Act or the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.”
Also last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out a spending measure with an oil-spill amendment that contains support for NOAA:
- $13 M for fisheries
- $7.0 M for scientific investigations and sampling, with universities, colleges and other research partners eligible for grants to support this work.
Courtesy of NOAA OAR