NACAA Testifies in House Appropriations Hearing

February 26, 2019 – Miles Keogh, NACAA’s Executive Director, testified on behalf of the association at a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding the FY 2020 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency.  NACAA’s testimony urged Congress to 1) increase federal grants to state and local air agencies by $82 million above FY 2019 levels, for a total of $310 million; 2) provide flexibility to these agencies to use any additional grants to address the highest priority programs in their areas; and 3) retain grants for monitoring fine particulate matter under the authority of Section 103. The association noted that the responsibilities facing state and local air agencies have continued to grow while federal funding has not increased. Federal grants to state and local air quality agencies under Sections 103 and 105 were $228 million in FY 2019, which is the same amount these agencies received 15 years ago, in FY 2004.  If the FY 2004 figure is adjusted for inflation, level funding would translate to approximately $310 million in today’s dollars – an $82-million difference. While the need for increases is far greater, NACAA’s recommendation for Section 103 and 105 grants in FY 2020 is for level funding, adjusted for inflation – or $310 million.