Sending Office: Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez
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Jacob.Hochberg@mail.house.gov

Endorsing Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Sierra Club

Signers (30)Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Rep. Salud O. Carbajal (CA-24), Rep. André Carson (IN-07), Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09), Rep. Peter DeFazio
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(WA-07), Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5), Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Donald McEachin (VA-04), Rep. James P. McGovern (MA-2),  Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ-8), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), Rep. Bobby
L. Rush (IL-1), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3), Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-8), Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4),  Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12),

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Dear Colleague,

Please join us in urging the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee to increase funding of the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account to $1.35 billion.

A Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup because of its risk to human health and the environment. These sites are placed on the National Priorities
List (NPL) – the list of sites in the United States and its territories that have known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants.

In the event that a clean-up project is required by the EPA, tenants and businesses located on or adjacent to a Superfund site are often required to move. Whether the move is temporary or permanent, the displaced business owners and tenants can face many
undue hardships that severely hinder their health, livelihood, and future. In addition, individuals who do not move are directly exposed to toxic pollutants that can potentially cause lifelong health complications. It is the primary responsibility of the federal
government to protect its citizens from threats both foreign and domestic. Leaving individuals exposed to toxic pollutants is contrary to this ideal and must be addressed in the FY 2019 budget.

The proposed FY 2019 budget for the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account has decreased to $1.09 billion. This is slightly lower than the $1.31 billion that was requested and enacted by President Obama in FY 2010. Since 2010, the Superfund Account
has steadily decreased, seeing its lowest funding in FY 2017 at $1.09 billion. Over the same seven-year period, the number of Superfund sites has grown from 1,282 in 2010 to 1,341 in 2017.

Given the rise in the number of Superfund sites, and the threats to public health that hazardous waste poses, the Superfund Account should be adequately funded.

If you would like to sign your boss onto this letter, please contact Jacob Hochberg on my staff at Jacob.Hochberg@mail.house.gov. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Nydia M. Velázquez

Member of Congress

 

The Honorable Ken Calvert                                        The Honorable Betty McCollum

Chairman                                                                    Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment,                   Subcommittee on Interior, Environment,

and Related Agencies                                                  and Related Agencies                       

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Dear Chairman Calvert & Ranking Member McCollum,

As your Subcommittee considers the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we respectfully request you to include $1.35 billion in funding for the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account.
This account has not received a budget increase since FY 2010, when it was enacted at $1.31 billion. The proposed FY 2019 budget decreases funding to $1.09 billion. Meanwhile, the number of Superfund sites has grown from 1,282 to 1,341 in the past eight years. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designates Superfund sites as any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste, and is a risk to human health and the environment. These sites are placed on the National Priorities List
(NPL). The NPL has over 1,100 sites in the U.S. with known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. The long-term health challenges, business disruption and displacement costs are harmful to residents and U.S. small
businesses affected by hazardous contamination.  Revitalizing contaminated land improves the quality of life for communities around the United States and is part of EPA’s core mission.

We look forward to working with you both to ensure adequate funding for the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account and successfully revitalize contaminated areas of our country.

Sincerely,

 

Nydia M. Velázquez                                                                                       Bill Pascrell

Member of Congress                                                                                      Member of Congress

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