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I care about protecting clean air and water and the environment, and I am concerned about the lack of media attention to President Trump's proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.

For more than four decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been America's chief defender of clean air and water, wildlife and wild places.

The EPA has cleared the air of our cities. It has dramatically reduced acid rain that damages our forests and waters. And it has saved the bald eagle — one of the most iconic animals in America — from extinction.

Under the Trump administration's proposed federal budget, the EPA's budget would be slashed by more than a third. Its staff — our country's frontline defenders of nature — will be reduced by more than a fifth, compromising the agency's ability to protect the environment.

The Trump administrations budget proposal calls for eliminating at least 50 programs that protect our air, water, wildlife and wild places.

Soon Congress will be considering next year's federal budget and I, for one, hope our leaders will reject the Trump administration's short-sighted budget cuts that will compromise the EPA's ability to protect our clean air and water, wildlife and wild places.

Judy Moore,

Florence

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