Trump’s Budget Delivers More Pollution, Not More Power, to States Including Virginia; $245,341,000 Eliminated for Grants to State/Local Agencies

For Immediate Release

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Aminah Zaghab, (443)812-6362aminah@environmentamerica.org
Madeline Page, (617) 747-4357mpage@environmentamerica.org

“President Trump’s budget would mean more days when it’s unsafe to breathe the air; more dead zones and pollution in the Chesapeake Bay with fewer protections for the Potomac River; more loss of native species like blue crabs; and more uncertainty for our climate,” Madeline Page, Environment Virginia Outreach Director
 
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Based on a briefing by the Trump Administration, President Trump’s proposed FY’18 budget would cut important environmental and health programs. Below is a statement from Madeline Page, Environment Virginia Outreach Director, on the president’s FY’18 budget proposal.

“Although President Trump and his cabinet have promised numerous times to return power to the states and the people, if implemented, Trump’s FY’18 budget would mean more pollution, not more power for folks here in Virginia and states across the nation.
 
Virginians need and deserve clean air, clean water, and protections for the places we love. Yet President Trump’s budget would mean more days when it’s unsafe to breathe the air; more dead zones and pollution in the Chesapeake Bay with fewer protections for the Potomac River; more loss of native species like blue crabs; and more uncertainty for our climate.
 
Virginia is particularly hard hit when it comes to waterways. The proposed FY’18 budget cuts funding for geographic programs like the Chesapeake Bay Restoration by $426,924,000.
 
Overall this budget cuts $245,341,000 from programs designed to help states and cities protect our air and water and our families health.
 
Congress, led by the Virginia delegation, should reject this budget. Virginians and all Americans need clean air, clean water, and protected open spaces – not more smog, more sewage in our water and more spills in our wetlands.”
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Environment Virginia is a statewide, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organization working for clean air, clean water and open space.