My first job out of college in 1965 was with the Division of Water Supply and Pollution Control, Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. I remember the early days when "the solution to pollution was dilution."
EPA is already underfunded, suffering from years of budget cuts despite its crucial role in protecting all of us. Further reducing EPA’s budget would severely limit its ability to protect our water, air and climate. The proposal calls for slashing grants to states to carry out their environmental and health protection programs.
Yesterday, EPA’s Office of Water held a listening session on what Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump call, “the regulatory burden.” We call it public protections for our air, water, and health. I had the opportunity to testify. My comments are below. If you want to weigh in, you can take action here, and be sure to personalize the message you send.
An Oil Company CEO; a Board Member of the Dakota Access Pipeline company; a one-term anti-environment coal-state Congressman who wants expanded fossil fuel development – more oil, gas and coal; the state Attorney General leading lawsuits against EPA and the Clean Water Rule.
Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. These choices show that Donald Trump will attempt to enact a policy of climate denial and open hostility toward putting any environmental or public health issue above corporate profits. We're ready to fight back, but we need your help.