Tuesday 11 December 2018

In a surprising announcement late Friday afternoon, Governor Larry Hogan announced his full support of a statewide ban on fracking in Maryland.

Waterkeepers Chesapeake released this statement:

“We thank Governor Hogan for recognizing that the “possible environmental risks simply outweigh any potential benefits” and for giving his full support for a ban on fracking in Maryland. We are grateful that the tireless grassroots organizing led by the Don’t Frack Maryland Coalition has finally resonated with the governor and he recognizes the need to protect our clean water supplies from this toxic industrial practice. We have one more critical step to make a ban on fracking a reality. The Maryland Senate needs to follow the House’s lead and vote to support a statewide ban on fracking. We urge Marylanders to call their senators.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cuts proposed by the Trump Administration have been released, and according to the National Association of Clean Air Agencies release of the information, the EPA would cut the workforce by 3,000 employees and the overall budget by $2 billion. Below is the list of agency programs and proposed reductions. 

Tell your members of the United States Congress that you oppose these cuts. Take the action to send a letter right now. 

All figures in millions of dollars. 

Program 2016 2018 Change
SF Bay (EPA) 4.8 0 -100%
Great Lakes restoration (EPA) 300 10 -97%
Endocrine disruptors (EPA) 7.5 0.445 -94%
Enviro education (EPA) 8.7 0.555 -94%
Chesapeake Bay (EPA) 73 5 -93%
Puget Sound (EPA) 28 2 -93%
US Mexico border (EPA) 3 0.275 -91%
Radon (EPA) 2.9 0.505 -83%
Gulf of Mexico (EPA) 4.5 1 -78%
Environmental justice (EPA) 6.7 1.5 -78%
Small minority business assistance (EPA) 1.7 0.4 -76%
Climate protection (EPA) 95 29 -69%
Research – air climate energy (EPA) 92 46 -50%
Sustainable and Healthy Communities (EPA) 140 76 -46%
Brownfields (EPA) 25 14 -44%
Safe & sustainable water resources (EPA) 107 70 -35%
Research – chem safety & sustainability (EPA) 89 62 -30%
Lead RRP (EPA) 13.3 9.4 -29%
Leaking underground storage tanks (EPA) 11.3 8 -29%
Right to Know (TRI) (EPA) 13.9 10.7 -23%
Tribal capacity building (EPA) 14.4 11.8 -18%
Marine Pollution (EPA) 10.1 8.6 -15%
Compliance monitoring (EPA) 101 88 -13%
Civil Enforcement (EPA) 171 153 -11%
Diesel emissions reduction act (state grants) 50 0 -100%
Multipurpose grants (state grants) 21 0 -100%
Targeted airsheds (state grants) 20 0 -100%
US-Mexico border targeted watershed (state grants) 10 0 -100%
Beach water quality testing (state grants) 9.5 0 -100%
Radon (state grants) 8 0 -100%
Brownfields (state grants) 48 33 -31%
Tribes – air quality management (state grants) 12.9 8.9 -31%
Pesticides implementation (state grants) 12.7 8.8 -31%
Toxic substances compliance (state grants) 4.9 3.4 -31%
Wetlands (state grants) 14.7 10.2 -31%
Underground injection (state grants) 10.5 7.3 -30%
Drinking water grants (state grants) 102 71 -30%
Nonpoint source pollution (state grants) 165 115 -30%
Air quality grants (state grants) 228 159 -30%
Water pollution control (state grants) 230 161 -30%
Lead (state grants) 14 9.8 -30%
Tribal general assistance program (state grants) 65 46 -29%

It's worse than first reported: President Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate federal funding for the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest program to restore a body of water in U.S. history, just as the effort reaches its halfway point.

Clean water is important to everyone. In fact, it is essential — not only for drinking water, beauty and recreation, but also because the Chesapeake Bay provides an estimated one trillion-dollar value in fisheries, shipping, tourism, and other industries.

For 30-plus years, the Chesapeake Bay suffered from massive dead zones, habitat loss and more — all due to poor water quality caused by pollution.

That changed with the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, known by its acronym: TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load). Since the TMDL’s implementation, we are finally seeing improvements in Bay and our rivers and streams.

Trump is asking Congress to reverse our success by slashing EPA funding.

The multi-state restoration work of the Bay and our rivers and streams is just beginning to pay dividends in the form of cleaner water and restored habitat. We can’t reverse course.

We need you to send a letter to your U.S. Representatives and Senators with a strong message. Don't cut Chesapeake Bay funding! 

Urge them to maintain funding for the nation’s largest estuary, and the economic engine of the watershed — the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.