President to Propose 30% Cuts to State/Local Air Grants

May 19, 2017 – A document prepared by the Administration shows that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request President Trump is expected to release on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, will include a 30-percent cut in federal grants to state and local air pollution control agencies under sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act – from $227.785 million in FY 2017 to $159.450 million in FY 2018. NACAA has published a set of tables that contain information taken directly from an Administration document detailing the FY 2018 budget request for EPA. Other notable components of the anticipated budget request are a 31-percent cut in EPA’s overall budget, a 39-percent cut in EPA’s Science and Technology budget, a 35-percent cut in EPA’s Environmental Program and Management budget (i.e., the agency’s overall operating budget) and the elimination of funding for a dozen geographic programs including those for the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes and Puget Sound. The President also seeks to cut the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant Program by 80 percent, from $49.9 million in FY 2017 to $10 million in FY 2018, and to zero out Targeted Airshed Grants.