LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Weakened EPA puts us at risk

As our country became aware of the dangers environmental pollution presented to our society, the Environmental Protection Agency was created to address, monitor and curb the threat. It was a bipartisan creation signed into law by Richard Nixon, a Republican president, as a way to consolidate federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities. The concept of providing clean air and water was not seen as a partisan issue; it was considered an American issue.

Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. The Trump administration is proposing budget cuts that will affect the EPA’s ability to protect our environment and, as a result, the citizens of this country.

The health of this country and the planet should be a priority. We need an EPA that is supported by our government. Reducing its ability to research, protect, and enforce regulations puts us all at a disadvantage.