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The CONEG Connection   June 15, 2017

Northeast Environmental Commissioners write to EPA expressing concern over funding cuts

The environmental commissioners from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt expressing concern with the proposed 31% cut to the agency’s FY2018 budget. The commissioners specifically raised concerns with the impact of the proposed 44% cut to EPA’s grant funding to states.

On average, the state environmental agencies receive 29% of their funding from EPA. “The proposed budget reductions would require layoffs at our state agencies, and eliminate programs that support EPA’s core mission of protecting the air, water, and land,” said the commissioners. Administrator Pruitt is scheduled to provide testimony on the EPA FY2018 budget request to the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee on June 15.

Read the letter here

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