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Green groups cheer NY budget agreement's increase in Environmental Protection Fund

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ALBANY, New York — Conservation groups are glad to see the state's Environmental Protection Fund increased under the $140 billion budget agreement reached by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.

But Peter Iwanowicz of Environmental Advocates says lawmakers missed opportunities by again delaying the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2006 and not fixing the state's brownfields cleanup program.

The spending plan expected to be approved on Monday includes $162 million for the Environmental Protection Fund, a $9 million increase over the current level. The fund once stood at $255 million.

The fund is used for clean water projects, parks, open space land purchases and other environmental programs.

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