American Lung Association Strongly Opposes Legislator’s Move to Cut Colorado’s Air Protections
(March 24, 2016) - Denver, CO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Date: 03/23/16
CONTACT: Tyler Svitak | American Lung Association in Colorado
American Lung Association Strongly Opposes
Legislator’s Move to Cut Colorado’s Air Protections
DENVER (March 24, 2016) – In response to the Joint Budget Committees decision today, Tyler Svitak, Director of Air Quality and Transportation for the American Lung Association in Colorado, release the following statement:
“Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee finalized a budget today that jeopardizes the health and well-being of all Coloradans. The budget in its current form would prevent the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment from accessing $8.5 million in cash funds, which would eliminate 95 jobs dedicated to ensuring Colorado is protected from dangerous air pollutants. By attacking the stationary sources fund, the state would no longer be able to issue permits or inspect existing pollution sources, which would expose the health of all Coloradans to unacceptable risk.
The American Lung Association in Colorado urges lawmakers, who are attacking both CDPHE and Governor Hickenlooper for their leadership on the Clean Power Plan, to consider the health of their constituents over politics. Until the stationary sources fund is put back into the budget, Coloradans should not be breathing easy. “
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