Trump Administration seeks to cut $3.2 billion in EPA programs, Environmental Protection Agency announced
Trump administration officials announced Monday that they are seeking to cut a total of $3 billion from the Environmental Protection Administration’s budget, with the goal of reducing EPA staff by 2,000, according to a report from The Associated Press.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the budget reductions are necessary to “secure a robust regulatory environment” in the United States.
The EPA employs about 1,000 employees across the U.S., including more than 10,000 on the West Coast, according a White House statement.
The agency has faced intense criticism for its handling of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, which has prompted protests from residents and lawmakers across the country.
In December, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself on a golf course wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.