NACAA Submits Testimony on FY 2018 Budget

May 25, 2017 – NACAA has submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies expressing opposition to the Administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget cuts in grants to state and local air pollution control agencies under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act.  The proposed budget called for, among other things, a 30-percent reduction in state and local air grants (from $227.8 million in FY 2017 to $159.5 million in FY 2018).  NACAA requested that Congress, at a minimum, continue to fund state and local air grants at least year’s level.  NACAA reported that state and local air agencies would have difficulty accommodating any cuts, especially of the magnitude being proposed.  The reductions would impede their ability to continue essential programs, some of which would have to be reduced or eliminated.  The testimony reported on the responses to NACAA’s recent survey of its membership (see related article) and described some of the adverse impacts that individual agencies could expect to see if the grant reductions are enacted.  NACAA also requested that grant funds for fine particulate matter monitoring remain under Section 103 authority, where matching funds are not required, rather than being shifted to Section 105 authority.