07 Sep '17, 4pm

Trump, Pruitt Slash EPA Staff to 30-Year Lows as Drinking Water, Climate Change Crises Mount

By October of this year, the staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) will be reduced to levels not seen since the Reagan administration, 30 years ago, according to a report by Brady Dennis with the Washington Post. The dramatic reduction in staff will almost certainly include career scientists and other staff who are often called into local communities where an environmental disaster is occurring, like Houston following Hurricane Harvey. These staffers also work on less urgent, but serious problems like the widespread drinking water contamination that impacts virtually every American. The push to downsize EPA staff comes as part of a larger effort to curtail the size and scope of an agency that President Trump once promised to eliminate "in almost every form." Last week, the Arkema chemical plant explosion in Crosby, Texas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ha...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/epa-job-cuts-2482556618.html

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