NACAA Submits Testimony on FY 2019 Budget

April 3, 2018 – NACAA submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies recommending an increase in grants to state and local air pollution control agencies under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act.  Specifically, NACAA recommended that Congress increase state and local air grants by $75 million above FY 2018 levels (i.e., approximately $151 million above the Administration’s request), for a total of $303 million.  An increase of $75 million would constitute level funding from FY 2004 if adjusted for inflation.  NACAA opposed the Administration’s proposal to cut state and local air grants by 33 percent (from $228 million in FY 2018 to $152 million in FY 2019).  NACAA also recommended that state and local agencies be provided with flexibility to use the increased funds on the highest priority programs in their areas. Finally, NACAA requested that grants for fine particulate matter monitoring remain under CAA Section 103 authority, where matching funds are not required, rather than being shifted to Section 105 authority.