Science and supporting health data allows for planning and preventing the problems we know about today, like climate change. Slashing government science will cause us to lose the ability to understand and plan for both existing and new environmental challenges and dangers.

Lisa Garcia, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, EarthJustice

Save the U.S. EPA is a national campaign being conducted by the National Council of EPA Locals #238 and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) in an effort to stop Congress, the Trump Administration, EPA Secretary Pruitt from passing a budget that will drastically cut or eliminate jobs and programs that are vital to the health and safety of America’s air, water, land and endangered species.

EPA CUTS IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET

The proposed 2018 budget contains drastic cuts to many government departments, but few are being hit as hard as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Operating at 1989 staffing levels, the agency’s workforce could be cut by 20%, including eliminating entirely the Office of Environmental Justice, Office of Public Engagement and all 14 climate voluntary partnership programs.

In addition, the proposed budget will slash state grants 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, cleanup of Superfund sites, repair and construction of facilities that provide clean drinking water to U.S. towns and cities and drastically eliminate funding for science and technology programs.