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Help restore cuts to EPA enforcement budget!

From Clean Water Network

The Bush administration is advocating a front door assault on our nation’s environmental laws. For the past two years the Bush administration has proposed cuts to EPA’s enforcement budget and enforcement staff while proposing state enforcement grant programs. Last year when the Bush administration tried to cut federal enforcement dollars and to establish a state enforcement grant program that would have cut certain states out of receiving money entirely, Congress disagreed and reinstated full funding for EPA enforcement personnel and rejected the state grant program. However, in Fiscal Year 2002 these vacancies were never filled.

This year, as Network members know, the Bush administration is proposing a $15 million grant program for state enforcement and further reductionsin EPA enforcement staff. About 200 full-time equivalent employees will be cut as a result of this new budget cut and because vacancies that Congress instructed to be filled were not filled.

If you rely on EPA as the federal watchdog for clean water, we ask you to help us by asking your member of Congress to sign on to a letter being circulated on Capitol Hill by Rep. Menendez (D-NJ) asking the VA-HUD and Independent Agencies Subcommittee to reinstate the $15 million the Bush administration wants to cut from EPA’s enforcement budget. Please call your representative(s) (the Capitol Hill Switchboard number is 202-224-3121) and ask them to sign on to the Rep. Menendez letter to restore funding cuts to the EPA budget.

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