WASHINGTON (KGO) --President Donald Trump's proposed budget plan could signal a blow for environmentalists in the Bay Area.
"The Environmental Protection Agency is the front line protector of public health," David Lewis, head of Bay Area non-profit Save The Bay said.
Lewis says the Trump Administration's Proposed 31-percent budget cut to the Environmental Protection Agency will eliminate a $5 million program for San Francisco Bay wetland restoration, pollution prevention and more. "In addition, the Trump budget cuts to the EPA would gut the EPA's ability to enforce the laws that protect our health, protect the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the fish and wildlife in the bay." "The last thing to be cutting is environmental enforcement that protects public health and safety."
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Beyond the safety and beauty of the bay is physical access.
Larry Goldzban, who is Executive Director of the California regulatory agency San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, worries with proposed cuts to not only the EPA, but also the Department of Commerce that the state won't have the resources to ensure the federal government complies with California laws when for example, they build along a shoreline. "Without a federal government program, people around the bay will have less access to the bay, less views of the bay because the federal government won't have a reason to work with the state to ensure those views."
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