Ask Your Elected Officials to Oppose Efforts to Disrupt the Operations of the EPA.

According to ProPublica, the Trump administration has “imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” which could disrupt vital research and threaten “core operations ranging from toxic cleanups to water quality testing.” Please write to your elected officials and ask them to oppose this. In my letter, I write that Pennsylvania has 127 Superfund sites. To find the number of sites in your state, use this tool from the EPA.

Dear Senator _________,

I am writing to ask you to please oppose actions by the Trump administration to disrupt the core operations of the EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency funds vital research into the effects of contaminants that have a direct and deleterious impact on millions of Americans, and it funds efforts to contain and remove those toxins. In Pennsylvania alone, the EPA has engaged in 127 Superfund cleanup efforts, and across the country, those efforts number in the thousands. And that is only a fraction of the work that they do that is ultimately for the benefit of public health.

I was disturbed to read today that the Trump administration had frozen all grants and contracts including, apparently, funding for research and for contractors working on decontamination. And I was disturbed to read that they had done so in the dead of night, with so little transparency that internal organizational emails had to be leaked in order for the press to find out.

Please do not let the Trump administration hobble an organization that does so much good for the American public. Stand with the best interests of your constituents and demand a robust EPA, guided by leadership that understands science and is committed to the organization’s mission of protecting public health.