Literally and figuratively, this is a scorched earth budget that represents an all-out assault on clean air, water and land. You can’t put ‘America first’ when you put the health of its people and its country last.

Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator, 2013-2017


Save the U.S. EPA is a national campaign being conducted by AFGE Council 238 and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) in an effort to stop the Administration from continuing to destroy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by putting the interests of the coal and fossil fuel industries above the American public; abusing taxpayer dollars; drastically cutting or eliminating jobs and programs that are vital to the health and safety of America’s air, water, land and endangered species; and undermining science and public health.


The Trump administration’s proposed 2019 budget contains drastic cuts to many government departments, but few are being hit as hard as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is slated for a funding reduction of 31%, on top of a 20% reduction since 2011.

Operating at 1989 staffing levels, the Trump administration’s plan will scale back the agency’s workforce by 20%, including eliminating the Office of Environmental Justice, the Office of Public Engagement and all 14 climate voluntary partnership programs.

In addition, the proposed budget will slash state grants by 30% and eliminate funding for everything from the cleanup of the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay to geographical programs in Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound, San Francisco Bay and South Florida to funding to implement the Clean Power Plan, Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, Energy Star Program and Global Change Research.

A host of programs also would be significantly pared back, including the enforcement of pollution laws, climate change research, the cleanup of Superfund sites, and the repair and construction of facilities that provide clean drinking water to U.S. towns and cities.