By drastically slashing the EPA’s budget, the Trump administration promises more exposure to toxins, more contaminated drinking water, and more air pollution that will result in asthma attacks and heart and lung disease for millions of Americans.

Rhea Suh, President, NRDC

“National Save the U.S. EPA Day” Press Conference with Members of Congress

WHO:
The Honorable Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Committee on Energy and Commerce
Mary Anne Hitt, Director, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign
Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation
John J. O’Grady, President, AFGE Council 238
Brian DeWyngaert, Chief of Staff, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

WHAT:  National Save the U.S. EPA Day Press Conference
WHEN:  September 13, Noon-1:00 P.M. ET
WHERE:  National Press Club, 529 14th Street N.W., 13th floor, Washington, DC

We’ll also be live streaming the event right here!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is slated for a minimum seven percent (7%) funding reduction which, when adjusted for inflation, would be the lowest funding for the agency since the Reagan Administration.

The proposed 2018 budget for the EPA, if passed, would result in the elimination of the Office of Environmental Justice, the Office of Public Engagement, and all 14 climate voluntary partnership programs. In addition, it also would slash state grants, cut geographic programs, and eliminate funding for science and technology programs by 14 percent.

Communities will suffer as funding is cut for the recovery and relief from hurricanes and other natural disasters; the cleanup of superfund sites, geographical programs in Lake Champlain; Long Island Sound, San Francisco Bay and South Florida; and for the implementation of the Clean Power Plan, Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, Energy Star Program and Global Change Research.

“Long considered one of the world’s leading environmental and human health research organizations, the EPA is already operating at 1989 staffing levels,” said AFGE National Council 238 President, John J. O’Grady, who also serves as the national spokesperson for the Save the U.S. EPA campaign.

“In light of the proposed budget, we are deeply concerned about the ability of the EPA to function as an agency and fulfill our mission – to protect the country’s air, water, land and endangered species,” O’Grady added. “We must do everything we can to safeguard our environment and that starts with fighting this budget every step of the way.”

To register, please email events@savetheusepa.org with your name, media outlet, and whether you will join us in person or via the live feed.