Administration Proposes Deep Cuts to Air Grants and EPA for FY 2019

February 12, 2018 – The Trump Administration has released its proposed FY 2019 budget, which includes steep decreases in EPA’s funding.  The budget must now go to Congress for consideration.  The Administration’s proposal calls for the following:
  • $152 million for state and local air grants under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act, which is a decrease of 33 percent from the current amount of $227 million; 
  • $6.1 billion for EPA in FY 2019, which is a decrease of $1.8 billion, or 23-percent, from the FY 2017 level (some comparisons are made to FY 2017 because FY 2018 is still under a Continuing Resolution and the final appropriations have not been made);
  • $10 million for grants under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), as compared to $30 million appropriated in FY 2017; 
  • Transition of the PM2.5 monitoring program from Section 103 authority (which does not require matching grants) to Section 105 (which does require matching funds);
  • $27 million for Multipurpose Grants (“States would be able to spend this funding on any statutorily mandated delegated duty.”)  There were no funds appropriated for this in FY 2017; 
  • No funding for Targeted Airshed Grants, which received $20 million in FY 2017;
  • 20.5-percent reduction in full-time EPA staff, from 15,416 to 12,250; and
  • Elimination of a list of programs, including the Climate Change Research and Partnership, Atmospheric Protection, Indoor Air, Radon, Pollution Prevention, Environmental Education and a list of geographic programs.
The Office of Management and Budget issued an addendum letter regarding additional funding that is available in FY 2019 due to the legislation that was adopted on February 9, 2018 that raises budget caps.  However, the proposal does not call for any of the additional funding to be used for air-related activities. See EPA Budget in Brief, An American Budget, EPA Detailed Budget and FY 19 Addendum.