Trump's Proposed Environmental Protection Cuts
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2906) 5 years ago
If you care about clean air and water and are wondering what's at stake with the Trump Administration's proposed cuts at EPA read this:

One of the EPA programs to be cut has to do with lead paint removal:


"Lead is a potent neuro-toxin, and particularly harmful to children and the elderly. Its dangers in gasoline, paint and drinking water have been scientifically documented over many decades, which has led to stronger regulatory protections.

In a 2014 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 243,000 children had blood lead levels above the danger threshold — and that permanent neurological damage and behavior disorders had been associated at even lower levels of lead exposure. . . .

The Lead Risk Reduction Program, which would be cut by $2.56 million and 72.8 full-time equivalent employees, is charged with certifying renovators who work in buildings that may contain lead-based paint and upholding federal safety standards for such projects. Located in the agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, the lead risk reduction program also helps educate Americans about how to minimize their exposure to lead in their homes.

The second cut, a much deeper $14.05 million, would zero out grants to state and tribal programs that also address lead-based paint risks. . . .

State efforts to reduce lead risks have had mixed results. In 2004, New Jersey created the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund, which was supposed to provide loans and grants to homeowners and landlords to help them remove lead-based paint from aging housing stock. The program was supposed to be funded by sales tax revenue from cans of paint, which was expected to be $7 million to $14 million a year.

Instead, over the next dozen years, the legislature and Democratic and Republican governors diverted more than $50 million from the fund to payment of routine bills and salaries."

I find it ironic that the Trump Administration is not concerned about the 243,000 American children who have high lead levels in their blood. Basically, these American kids have been exposed to high levels of a toxic chemical. Apparently, Trump does not care about that!
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2906) 5 years ago
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