Peck grilled on USGS cuts


  • M. Catherine Devito


At a March 31 House appropriations hearing on the U.S. Geological Survey's fiscal year 1993 budget, Sidney Yates (D-Ill.), chair of the Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies, challenged USGS Director Dallas Peck's assertion that a $42 million decrease in funding will not render the USGS unable to fulfill its commitments. Peck staved off these charges, declaring that the budget reflects “fiscal responsibility.”

USGS program reductions will total $69 million when matching funds from state and local agencies are taken into account. The 10% decrease from last year's budget would hit volcano and earthquake hazards funding the hardest. River monitoring would also lose some funding.