Las Vegas Sun

July 17, 2018

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Letter: Nevada needs strong EPA

Cutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by 31 percent would create a detrimental ripple effect for Nevadans and their environment, including a reduction in assistance from the EPA should a disaster occur in our state.

While we may be too far from the ocean to experience the direct effects of a hurricane, Nevadans deal with a number of problems in our environment. For instance, the frequent mining in Nevada in the past and present resulted in an intense amount of mercury deposits in the Carson River. Many Nevadans, for whom the Carson River was their only source of water, had to endure the slow poisoning of their children.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller has called the proposed EPA budget “anti-Nevada,” pointing out that the cuts would leave the state without much-needed help from the government. Don’t let Nevadans be forgotten by the federal government. Insist that the EPA’s budget not be cut and insist that the people in Nevada matter.

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