Wednesday January 3, 2018
Congress has yet to vote on a budget for 2018, but the proposed White House budget severely threatens Pennsylvania's air, water and communities. With a suggested 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, the largest to any single agency, Pennsylvania would undoubtedly feel the repercussions.
Our state would be forced to cut vital clean air programs that help significantly reduce mercury, soot and smog pollution.
Regulation enforcement would also be cut, meaning even more polluters violating our laws and threatening public health.
With the rising impacts of global warming, hotter days in the summer would result in more days of unhealthy smog levels, causing increased cases of asthma attacks and respiratory illness.
The EPA cuts would negatively affect Clean Water Rule and Superfund programs, which promote a healthy environment for Pennsylvanians.
Illegal pollution of the places used for drinking, fishing and swimming would be much more profound with reduced enforcement.
With a significant reduction to the Superfund program, the effort to clean up Pennsylvania's 95 hazardous waste sites would considerably decrease.
The proposed cuts to the EPA make it evident that our government prioritizes corporate profits over public health and well-being.
Our elected officials must defend the EPA so it can protect our health, waterways and communities from pollution.
White House budget bad for environment