Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General Donovan Joins Coalition of Attorneys General Urging Congress to Reject Budget Proposals to Gut EPA

March 30, 2017

CONTACT: TJ Donovan, Attorney General, (802) 828-3173

Attorneys general from 12 states and the District of Columbia expressed their opposition to all legislative measures that would reduce funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The White House’s 2018 budget blueprint proposed a 31 percent cut to the EPA’s budget, the biggest cut of any federal agency.

In addition to Attorney General Donovan, the letter was signed by attorneys general from Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington D.C.

“One of Vermont’s most important resources is our environment and it must be protected. The EPA helps protect Vermont and now we must help protect the EPA,” Attorney General Donovan said.

Cuts to the EPA would have a significant impact on states’ ability to implement and enforce environmental laws. In Vermont, about 40 percent of the State’s funding for environmental programs comes through the EPA. Vermont receives roughly $20 million from the EPA for drinking and wastewater infrastructure improvements. With the President’s proposed cuts, federal funding for the cleanup of Lake Champlain may be eliminated. This is potentially $4.5 million annual loss.

The President’s Administration’s cuts could critically damage Vermont’s ability to protect its rivers and streams from pollution, to improve drinking and waste water facilities, and to protect its wildlife. Additionally, money received by Vermont for the cleanup of Superfund sites may also be eliminated. Last year Vermont received $300,000 for the cleanup of Superfund sites around the State.

This is the latest effort by Attorney General Donovan to preserve environmental programs that have come under fire by the President’s Administration. Attorney General Donovan recently joined forces with a coalition of Attorneys General opposing the President’s executive orders to gut the Clean Power Plan and rollback vehicle emission standards.

Related document:

Copy of the Letter from 13 Attorneys General to United States House Ways & Means Committee and United States Senate Budget Committee Chairs and Ranking Members

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