Make Your Pitch for Clean Air--RSVP for Stewart's Re-scheduled Town Hall Register
Date and Time:
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Local Time)
Organized By: Utah Chapter, Sierra Club
Location: location TBD
Please attend Congressman Stewart's re-scheduled town hall. This is the first time in several years he has held a face-to-face meeting for his Wasatch Front constituents. Ask the congressman to make air quality his number one priority and fully fund the EPA.
DATE: Friday, March 31, 2017
TIME: 7:00 pm (Get there much earlier)
Stewart has worked to weaken efforts to improve air quality. And now he has more authority. Stewart was just appointed as Vice Chair of the powerful House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee. This subcommittee is critical to Utah as it’s tasked with overseeing federal funds at the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Forest Service. Photo courtesy of Jeff Clay--ClayhausPhotography.com
Trump's budget for 2018 was just announced. It would be cut EPA’s budget 25% and staff 20%. “Any of these programs where they’ve cut air pollution or water pollution is going to have a direct effect on inner cities,” said Bill Becker, director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.
We need to tell Stewart that 60% of his voters in his district breath air that does not meet health standards. For two days at the end of January of this year, Salt Lake City and Provo were listed as the worst air pollution cities in the country.
The Department of Air Quality's State Implement Plan noted that for PM2.5 "on-road mobile sources contribute most of the emissions, but further emission control in these categories extends beyond the authorities of UDAQ" The State of Utah has given up on any improvements noting that future emissions would exceed health standards. Clearly the State's plan constitutes under reach.
We need the EPA. We need their resources, guidance, and authority if we are ever to have healthy air. Ask Stewart to fully fund EPA.