NACAA Submits Senate Testimony on EPA’s FY 2017 Budget

April 11, 2016 – NACAA provided written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies containing the association’s recommendations related to the proposed FY 2017 budget, including grants to state and local air agencies under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act.  The President’s proposed budget called for $268.2 million for Sections 103 and 105 grants, which is an increase of $40 million above FY 2016 levels.  In the testimony, NACAA supported the increases in the President’s request but recommended that state and local air pollution control agencies be provided with the flexibility to determine how best to use the additional funding.  Additionally, NACAA requested that grants for fine particulate matter monitoring remain under Section 103 authority, rather than being shifted to Section 105 authority, as EPA has proposed.  NACAA also supported the $1.65-billion “Climate Infrastructure Fund” and resources for the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program, which are included in the President’s request.  On March 21, 2016, NACAA submitted similar testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies