NACAA Expresses Concern About Budget Cuts

March 27, 2017 – NACAA has sent a letter to the House and Senate leadership of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies expressing the association’s deep concern about the significant reductions to the FY 2018 budget for EPA that are proposed in the Administration’s Budget Blueprint that was released on March 16, 2017.  The letter notes that the possible reductions of 45 percent to state and local air grants under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act would be devastating to state and local air quality programs.  State and local air quality agencies already struggle with insufficient resources and increased responsibilities.  They rely on federal grants for a host of critical programs.  Any cuts to those grants would be hard to accommodate, but the steep proposed cuts in the Budget Blueprint could result in significant adverse impacts to their programs and to public health and the environment.  Additionally, NACAA’s letter discussed the fact that state and local agencies must rely on EPA to carry out its responsibilities in assisting state and local air programs.  Therefore, it is vitally important that EPA be adequately funded as well.  NACAA sent the letter to Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Udall (D-NM), Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and Reps. Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Betty McCollum (D-MN), Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the House Appropriations Committee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.