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EPA Employees Union Says States are in Desperate Need of Additional Funding for Water Infrastructure

 

The Trump Administration’s proposed budget has the American Federation of Government Employees sounding an alarm. A-F-G-E represents 9-thousand Environmental Protection Agency Employees across the country. Keith Fusinski is a toxicologist with the EPA’s Region Five and spokesperson for the union. He says under-funding water-related programs and grants will have disastrous consequences.

It’s been estimated that we need about $384 Billion dollars to replace the drinking water system in America. Right now our drinking water system is only being funded at 863 Million dollars a year. We’re never gonna catch up. What happened in Flint, it’s gonna happen everywhere”

Fusinski says the water system is slowly deteriorating. He says 65% of the E-P-A’s budget is passed on to individual state programs. He says without adequate federal funding, state governments will have to pay for clean water programs and infrastructure improvements.

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