A federal labor leader says the proposed House budget for the Environmental Protection Agency would have “a devastating effect” on services.

National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley said funding EPA at $7.1 billion, or 18 percent below last year’s level and 20 percent below President Obama’s request, plus capping staffing levels, would critically harm the services Americans depend on to keep air and water safe.

“The EPA works on a daily basis to help ensure that all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live and work,” Kelley said in letters to members of the House Appropriations subcommittee on the interior and environment.

NTEU represents employees at EPA.

“It’s laboratories perform essential work assessing environmental conditions and identifying, understanding, and solving current and future environmental problems,” she said, urging the legislators to oppose what the union called “these drastic cuts.”


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