NACAA Recommends Level Funding for Air Grants in FY 2018

December 5, 2017 – NACAA sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees reiterating the critical need for adequate grant funding in FY 2018 for state and local air pollution control agencies under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).  In the letter, NACAA noted that the House bill for FY 2018 called for level funding for state and local air grants ($228.2 million), while the Senate’s recommendation called for an increase of $10 million.  NACAA requested that “Congress, at a minimum, fund these grants at the FY 2017 level ($228.2 million) and notes that the Senate’s higher recommendation would make a particularly beneficial and important contribution to the health and vitality of America’s communities, businesses and environment.”  Congress is currently working to develop an omnibus bill that will provide appropriations for the entire federal government for FY 2018.  The current Continuing Resolution (CR) that has kept the government in operation since the start of the fiscal year on October 1, 2017 will expire on December 8, 2017.  Congress is expected to adopt another CR to extend funding through December 22, 2017.