Experts with the Arizona Department of Environmental Equality are preparing for possible budget cuts.
— Carlos Herrera (@KGUNCarlos) September 18, 2017
The department's budget could be cut by as much as 30 percent. Experts say the move could reverse decades of progress in the state.
If the budget cuts are approved, they would mean the Environmental Protection Agency's budget would be cut to it's lowest level since the 1970's. Officials with the ADEQ argue the possible cuts are posing threats to millions of Arizonans who depend on the agency to protect their health.
A total of nine EPA-funded programs would be affected by the proposed cuts. Three of them could be eliminated and six are facing funding cuts between 18 and 30 percent.
For more information about the possible budget cuts and the programs that would be impacted, click here.