Help restore cuts to EPA enforcement
From Clean Water Network
The Bush administration is advocating
a front door assault on our nations environmental
laws. For the past
two years the Bush administration has proposed cuts to
EPAs 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
EPAs 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.