KAPTUR, JOYCE LEAD BIPARTISAN LETTER TO SAVE GREAT LAKES ADVISORY BOARD
Washington, D.C. -- Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Dave Joyce (R-OH) along with some of their bipartisan colleagues, sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, in support of the Great Lakes Advisory Board. Recently, the EPA has threated the establishment and composition of the much-needed advisory group, which sparked the need for the letter after multiple attempts of outreach to the agency by Reps Joyce and Kaptur.
Excerpts of the letter read:
“We write to request that you maintain the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board).
"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Board to ensure transparent, credible, and diverse views in guiding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s (GLRI’s) investments. The Board—comprised of many of the region’s most respected experts—has provided invaluable advice for the guidance of the GLRI to the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force and its Great Lakes Regional Working Group…
"We wish to reiterate, as we have done in past appropriations reports, that we support the establishment and maintenance of the Board. We urge you to maintain the Board and request that you seek our input should EPA consider any changes to this important entity.”