Over the last five years, Ohio has benefited from more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect the state’s environment and economy. Additional EPA dollars have gone straight to local and regional projects that improved our air and water quality and enabled businesses to thrive.
Now, the Trump Administration and some members of Congress are working to weaken the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and cut its budget to its lowest level since the 1970s. Hollowing out the EPA would be a disaster for Ohio’s economy, health and tourism. The cuts will have deep impact on Ohio's environment.
The proposed budget:
- Eliminates the Great Lakes Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that monitors water quality, fight runoff pollution and clean up toxic sites. Since 2012, 43 million in grants have been awarded in Ohio.
- Eliminates the Non-point Source Pollution Management Program (Section 319) that helps reduce runoff pollution from roads, parking lots and excessive fertilizer. Since 2012 over $23.2 million has been spent in Ohio.
- Cuts by 45% Performance Partnership Grants to help Ohio EPA with their priority issues. Since 2012, $59.3 million has been spent in Ohio.
- Eliminates the Leaking Underground Storage Tanks that protects water and soil from tanks leaking chemicals
- Deep cuts in Water Pollution Control Programs that improve water quality and prevent runoff.
Join Ohio business leaders that believe this is not the time to move backward on Ohio's environment. Urge policymakers to fully fund the EPA.Add Your Voice. Sign the letter