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APTR Urges Congress to Build Upon Last Year’s Additional Funding for ATSDR

Wednesday, May 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
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APTR and 32 other public health and environmental health organizations urged Congress to build upon last year’s additional funding with an additional increase of $12 million for ATSDR in the FY 2021 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

ATSDR protects the health of our communities in a variety of ways by preventing exposure to harmful contaminants in our soil, water and air; responding to requests from communities across the country to protect people from exposure to harmful levels of substances in the environment; providing funds and support to state and local health departments and supporting environmental health professionals in regional and field offices; and, along with Atlanta-based staff at ATSDR headquarters, experts readily respond around the clock to environmental-health threats from natural disasters, chemical spills and other emergencies.

An increase to the agency’s FY 2021 budget would allow ATSDR to continue the progress made with the FY 2020 funding increase. Specifically, the additional funding will allow ATSDR to enhance its mission by expanding its support to health departments, recruit additional staff to investigate community concerns and increase its technical support to healthcare and public health professionals.

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