Statement on EPA funding freeze

EPA has yet to inform us of the timing and extent of the funding freeze. On an annual basis, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment receives approximately $28 million to support department environmental programs, most of which comes from several grants from EPA. This represents approximately one-third of the funding the department relies on to implement and ensure compliance with a variety of federal laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Hazardous Waste Program and the Clean Air Act. We do not have specifics from EPA about the possible freeze. In the event of a freeze on funding, our leadership team members will work together to implement changes so the loss of funding will have the least negative impact to the state's environment.