(This piece was originally published on March 20, 2018 on WIBC.)

White House sought to cut agency budget by one-third; final funding unclear as latest deadline approaches

Congress is closing in on another budget deadline, and Indianapolis environmental groups are worried about funding for fighting pollution.

The House budget last fall would have slashed funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by eight-percent — the Trump administration had proposed a cut four times that size. Indianapolis State Representative and former Indiana Recycling Coalition head Carey Hamilton says they’re not cutting fat — she maintains the cuts would damage brownfield and lead cleanups and programs to ensure clean drinking water.

The Hoosier Environmental Council, Improving Kids’ Environment, and the BlueGreen Alliance are all prodding Indiana’s congressional delegation to restore funding in the final funding bill.

The EPA says the proposed funding cut reflects a return to its core functions while turning more responsibilities back to the states.

Most of the government, including the EPA, is operating on a stopgap funding bill which runs out on Friday.

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