Senators Markey, Carper, Merkley, Gillibrand, and Sanders Call for Reversal of Suspension of EPA Grants and Contracts

Trump administration action freezes resources for air and water quality monitoring and improvement, clean up of toxic waste sites

Washington (January 26, 2017) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the Superfund, Waste Mangement and Regulation subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today sent a letter with include Tom Carper (D-Del.), Jeff Merkley (D-Oreg.), Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) calling on the Trump administration to reverse its decision to suspend all grants and contracts at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the letter, the Senators ask who approved this action, both within EPA and at the White House; the legal basis for the suspension; which grants, contracts and other awards have been suspended; and an estimate of the costs associated with re-starting any contracts.

  

“EPA’s grants and contracts support billions of dollars’ worth of research and development funding, clean-up of toxic Superfund sites, local air and water quality monitoring and testing, assessments of risks to human health from environmental hazards, measures to enhance water security, radioactive and hazardous waste removal, radiation protection, and containment assessments for underground fuel storage tanks,” write the Senators in the letter to President Trump. “Moreover, if this suspension applies to existing contracts, re-starting them could prove to be an exceedingly expensive waste of taxpayer funds.”

A copy of the letter can be found HERE.