PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY PUT FLORIDA AT RISK

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND TO RELEASE SWEEPING REPORT ON STATE OF RISK REVEALING ADVERSE IMPACT ON FLORIDA COMMUNITIES, PUBLIC HEALTH

CONGRESS TO DECIDE FATE OF CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL OPERATIONS IN NEXT 45 DAYS

On Tuesday, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will release “State of Risk,” the first comprehensive overview of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) footprint in Florida, and how the Trump Administration’s proposed funding cuts for the EPA threaten health and tourism in the Sunshine State.

The report documents specific local and statewide consequences of the sweeping and historically unprecedented cuts the Trump Administration and many in Congress are trying to push through in the next 45 days, before the federal fiscal year ends.

It identifies dozens of ongoing cleanup projects in Florida that could be halted and other growing public health and environmental threats that could put millions of Floridians at risk.

The report will be released in a telephone press conference featuring a top EDF official, elected officials representing South Florida, Southwest Florida and the Keys, along with a leading Everglades expert:

WHAT: Telephone News Conference 

WHEN: Tuesday, August 22

WHO:

  • Elgie Holstein                                     Senior Director, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Heather McTeer Toney                    Former EPA Regional Administrator, Region 4
  • George Neugent                                Mayor, Monroe County
  • Mayra Peña Lindsay                          Mayor, Village of Key Biscayne
  • Linda Penniman                                 Vice Mayor, City of Naples
  • Dr. Stephen Davis                              Wetland Ecologist, Everglades Foundation

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