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on March 02, 2017 at 2:21 PM, updated March 03, 2017 at 4:16 PM
President Donald Trump’s planned cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency would slash its workforce by almost 3,000 employees and its budget by $2 billion.
The National Association of Clean Air Agencies obtained a copy of the plan and detailed some of the major cuts for The Oregonian/OregonLive. The list is not complete.
Some agency programs would be cut far more substantially or eliminated altogether.
We reported Wednesday on what the cuts would mean for Oregon.
The Trump budget, the basic outlines of which were revealed Wednesday, is not yet final, and the EPA’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt, has cautioned that he will make changes. But it offers the first glimpse into Trump’s vision for an agency he has attacked as a job-killer. The EPA did not respond to a call for comment.
- Puget Sound. Funding for restoration work in the country’s second-largest estuary would be cut from $28 million to $2 million.
- The Great Lakes. Funding to combat algae blooms, invasive species and other water pollution problems in the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes would be cut from $300 million to $10 million.
- The Chesapeake Bay. Funding for restoration in the country’s largest estuary would be cut from $73 million to $5 million.
- Research on endocrine disruptors. The EPA’s work studying chemicals that can interfere with the body’s reproductive and developmental systems would nearly be eliminated, dropping from $7.5 million to $445,000.
- Diesel emissions. Since 2008, the EPA has issued grants to accelerate the country’s transition from old, dirty diesel engines to cleaner burning trucks and equipment. They’ve been responsible for most of Oregon’s progress in addressing cancer-causing diesel soot, a major air pollution source.
- Beach water quality testing. The EPA spends about $9.5 million to fund state testing of bacteria levels at beaches around the country. In Oregon, it funds state testing during the summer. That would be eliminated.
- The U.S.-Mexico border. Sewage and garbage from Mexico frequently sweeps into San Diego during winter rainstorms. The EPA has funded work there to slow the flood of garbage into the Pacific Ocean. Its program to address problems like that would be cut from $3 million to $275,000.
- Environmental education. The EPA spends $8.7 million annually on programs to educate children. Spending on them would be cut to $555,000.
Here are 42 programs and funding levels under the Trump proposal. All figures are in millions.
— Rob Davis
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