April 18 at Great Lakes Science Center: “Proposed EPA Budget Cuts: What Could It Mean for Ohio?”

Join the Sierra Club on Tuesday, April 18 at the Great Lakes Science Center for a press briefing and round table about the importance of EPA programs to Northeast Ohio and the Great Lakes Region, and the impacts that could result if funding is slashed.

The current federal budget proposes drastic cuts to the US Environmental Protection Agency, reducing the funding by more than 31 percent. Critical programs such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that received $300 million in funding during the last budget cycle could be eliminated completely.These programs successfully address problems that directly impact public health and safety including beach closings, restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption, dredging, and monitoring problems with drinking water.  These are not issues that can be taken lightly.  Without proper oversight, people will get sick, wildlife will suffer needlessly, and there will be negative economic impacts.

The forum will conclude with an audience question and answer session with all panelists.

Please RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/F56I75pBjumPyNwb2 

What: Roundtable and press briefing on Lake Erie, EPA cuts: “Proposed EPA Budget Cuts: What Could It Mean for Ohio?”
When: Tues Apr 18, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland
Parking: Discounted parking available in attached garage.
Directions: More info & directions at this link.

QuestionsKristen Kubitza, 614-484-7025, email

Speakers:

  • EPA employee representative Nicole Cantello, Chief Steward for AFGE Local 704, representing more than 1,000 EPA employees from our region
  • Terry Allan, Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner
  • Harriet Applegate, Exec. Secretary, North Shore Fed. of Labor
  • Melinda Huntley, Exec. Director, Ohio Travel Association
  • Great Lakes Towing Company representative (invited)
  • Tracy Sabetta, National Wildlife Federation (emcee)
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