Elmira Star Gazette (Letter to the Editor): Voters don't want EPA funding to be cut

(February 28, 2011)



February 28, 2011

We strongly disagree with Rep. Tom Reed's view that slicing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by one-third is one of the cuts included in H.R. 1 that "have to occur" ("Reed says House spending bill will save $100B," Feb. 23). To the contrary, these funds are necessary for the EPA to continue its work keeping toxins out of the air we breathe.

A recent bipartisan survey conducted on behalf of the American Lung Association found that three out of four voters support the EPA setting tougher standards on specific air pollutants. What's more, 68 percent of voters oppose congressional action that impedes the EPA from updating clean air standards.

The bottom line is that the EPA is charged with protecting New Yorkers and all Americans from breathing in toxic air that can harm their health.

We urge Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to lead the effort to reject this shortsighted proposal that would not only weaken years of progress made toward achieving cleaner air, but have dire consequences for people with lung disease.

Ross P. Lanzafame
Board Member, American Lung Association in New York