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Together, We Can Trump Pollution

Together, We Can Trump Pollution

As you’ve probably heard, President Trump has publicaly stated, “We are going to get rid of it [US Environmental Protection Agency] in almost every form.”

 Stripping down regulations and agencies that protect our waterways and natural resources favors the interests of polluters instead of the people. We need YOUR help to protect what is rightfully ours!

 The EPA was created in 1972 to protect swimmable, fishable, and drinkable waterways and the ecosystems that depend on them. There’s no time to move backwards when we’ve come this far!

Take action by telling your Congress member that cuts to the EPA budget and regulation rollbacks are unacceptable!  

 Click here for your representative’s phone number and email address.  

 We welcome you  to use the below script when contacting your representative:

 Hello, my name is _______ and I am calling to ask [Congress member _____ ] to protect environmental regulations and the EPA from President Trump’s proposed budget cuts. I call on [Congress member _____ ] to vote no on proposals that would threaten our public health and the environment.

 At Risk:

  • Protected Waterways. Softening the Waters of the U.S. Rule would undermine the Clean Water Act and lift regulations on currently protected waterways.

  • Cleanups of Contaminated Sites. EPA Superfund settlement decisions are at risk. New Jersey has the most Superfund sites of any state, including the most expensive cleanup in Superfund history, the Passaic River.

  • Resiliency Efforts. Trump promised to roll back regulations that would address emissions contributing to climate change. The administration also lacks policy commitments to adapt to sea level rise, a serious threat to NY and NJ coastal communities.

 At Risk in New Jersey:

  • Water Infrastructure Improvements. The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Fund (NJEIT) could be gutted, which provides low interest loans to government entities to finance water quality infrastructure improvement projects.

  • State Environmental Funding. More than 40% of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) budget comes from the federal government.

  • For a state like New Jersey, that has the most federally-designated Superfund sites, this would be bad news.  The EPA has oversight over the cleanup of those sites, which range from the lower 17 miles of the Passaic River and Newark Bay to landfills in Monmouth County.

President-elect Trump has also said that he wants to stop climate change policies and regulations.  New Jersey is surrounded by water and we have already experienced the impacts of increased storm events and localized flooding.  His promises to roll back regulations addressing the emissions contributing to climate change and lack of commitments to adapt to sea level rise, places New Jersey’s coastal communities and industries at risk – from Newark to Cape May to Trenton.

We have been in this battle before and, in fact, have been waging it for the last seven years in New Jersey, where Governor Christie’s Administration has systematically tried to rollback clean water, public access and environmental justice protections.  We didn’t stand for it then, we won’t stand for it now, and we will not stand for it in the future.

Now, more than ever, we must stand up for clean water and healthy communities.  We will continue to work with you to move forward environmental protections in your neighborhoods and across the state.  We will continue to move forward with innovative habitat and resiliency projects, safeguarding public access to our waterfronts, cleaning up our toxic waterways, preserving precious open space, championing state legislation to reduce plastic pollution, and enforcing against polluters.

Our core mission remains the same: to protect, preserve and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.  We stand united with you.

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Thank you,

Debbie Mans

Baykeeper