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Congressman Price to Host NC Federal Employee at the 2019 State of the Union

February 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, February 5, Congressman David Price (D-NC) will attend the 2019 State of the Union address with Kenneth Krebs, a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) facility in Research Triangle Park (RTP) and the Vice President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3347. AFGE Local 3347 represents nearly one thousand bargaining unit members at the EPA facility in RTP, North Carolina. Many Local 3347 employees were furloughed or working without pay during the Trump Shutdown and actively called on the Trump administration to end it immediately.

“President Trump’s reckless and irresponsible government shutdown impacted hundreds of thousands of public servants nationwide, including North Carolinians like Kenneth Krebs, whose lifesaving environmental research at the EPA facility in RTP was put on hold,” said Congressman Price. “I’m pleased Kenneth could join me at this year’s State of the Union to send a clear message to the Trump administration that federal employees’ paychecks shouldn’t be held hostage.”

As Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee and former Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, Congressman Price has been named a conferee on the bipartisan, bicameral conference committee negotiating homeland security priorities during the three week continuing resolution. Congressman Price and Kenneth Krebs will be available for media interviews upon request. Media outlets interested in media availability should reach out to Sawyer Hackett at

Kenneth Krebs has been a chemist with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for twenty-one years.  He has focused on developing methods to measure organic compounds in air. He has used these methods to model emissions of organic compounds from various sources, including: consumer products (such as microwave popcorn and indoor paints), industrial and commercial processes (such as photocopying), and combustion sources (from candles to municipal waste incinerators). These emission models are used to assess potential human exposures to compounds.  Mr. Krebs’ research has informed numerous EPA rules and regulations, strengthening our ability to protect human health and environment.  Mr. Krebs is the Vice President of Local 3347 of the American Federation of Government Employees representing nearly one thousand bargaining unit members of the EPA in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  As such, he was active during the shutdown, working to get the government back open.  Mr. Krebs is also involved with community outreach efforts through both the EPA and the American Chemical Society. This outreach is to raise public awareness and understanding of environmental issues.