Government

Letters to the Editor

EPA Cuts and Congressman Frelinghuysen

To the Editor:

The Environmental Protection Agency is under great threat. While chaos and confusion swirl around the Trump White House, and the public is distracted by the Russia Investigation, the egregious behavior of the president regarding Charlottesville, tweet upon crazy tweet and rallies, there is undermining of regulations in various departments. These regulations, passed by both Republican and Democratic administrations serve to keep the American public safe. This is particularly true of the EPA. Since the 1970’s the department with career professionals and scientists have implemented laws and contributed scholarship and professional expertise on clean water, air and climate change and other areas under their jurisdiction.

So what is going on now and why do we care?  In July, the House Appropriations Committee recommended cuts of $528 million, actually  less than what the Trump Administration requested. As reported in the Star Ledger, bipartisan elected officials and environmental groups have raised concern that cuts to 50 federal programs by as much as 30 percent will cause New Jersey to lose all of the environmental gains made in 4 decades from clean beaches, cleanup  of Superfund sites and negative impacts on our drinking water. The Department of Environmental Protection in NJ has already been decimated under Governor Christie and NJ could stand to lose an additional 80 million dollars with the new cuts.

Sign Up for E-News

I would venture to guess that most Livingston residents care greatly about the environment and would oppose these cuts. Our congressman, Rodney Frelinghuysen has the power in Congress to change this devastating trajectory.  He is the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and as such carries great authority on all government spending. In addition, his voting record on the environment reflects the priorities of the Trump administration. For example-just this past winter he voted against the Clean Streams Act which allows mining companies to dump harmful waste and chemicals into streams, imperiling the environment and people’s health. In the spring he voted in favor of the Science Advisory Board Reform Act which will force the EPA to give industry lobbyists greater influence while blocking reputable scientists if they apply for an EPA contract. There are other examples but in summary his votes reflect 100% support of the Trump administration’s position on environmental regulations.

Call or write his office in Morristown to express your concerns. Ask his staff his position on fully funding the EPA. Tell him you know that our NJ Department of Environmental Protection receives 40% of its budget from the federal EPA and that we need him and all of NJ representatives to represent the needs of our state, not the agenda of Donald Trump. The phone number in Morristown is (973) 984-0711. When you contact him ask him about having a town hall, a real in person town hall, not one by telephone.  Don’t forget that the midterm elections in 2018 will give us the opportunity to elect a congressman who truly represents the interests of Livingston and all towns in the 11th congressional district.

Amy Ipp

Livingston 

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Holiday Lights Spectacular Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

November 17, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After reaching its 12th-consecutive attendance milestone in 2016 with 795,558 visitors during its 10th anniversary Holiday Lights Spectacular, the Turtle Back Zoo invites the public to the 11th annual Holiday Lights Spectacular, featuring 50 figures illuminated by one million lights both at the zoo and the surrounding Essex County South Mountain Recreation ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, November 18, 8:00 AM

South Mountain Reservation , South Orange

Two Towns Turkey Trot 5K and Kids' Fun Fun

Education Health & Wellness Sports

Carousel_image_43d0c59763bee26e44c2_nov_19_jpg

Sun, November 19, 1:00 PM

Verona

Our Lady of the Lake School Open House

Education

Tue, November 21, 2:30 PM

Village Diner, South Orange

Medicare Advantage Meeting

Business & Finance Education Health & Wellness

Parting Advice from Four Decades on the Front Lines of Local News

November 11, 2017

In February 1978 I walked into the office of The Rahway News-Record and Clark Patriot to begin what I thought was to be a short-term job stepping stone. 

Instead, it turned out to be a nearly 40-year odyssey in local journalism—including the last eight—overwhelmingly great—years with The Alternative Press (TapInto.Net).

I have decided it is time to spend more time in ...

Route 10 Westbound Overnight Lane Closures Begin This Week

November 13, 2017

Ramps on Route 10 West may be closed as necessary during construction

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced on Monday the start of a maintenance resurfacing project on Route 10 westbound that will require lane closures between Parsippany-Troy Hills and Roxbury in Morris County.

Beginning on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next ...

The Last Game

My daughter recently played the last soccer game of her career.  

 

Yippee!  No more practices!  No more tournaments!  No more long drives to obscure fields!  No more tiny black turf pellets all over the car!

 

No more selfish surges of pride watching her athletic achievements.  No more thrilling victories.

 

My daughter is a ...