Promises made, promises kept. Downsizing of the EPA.

Promises made, promises kept. Downsizing of the EPA.

“We propose to shift responsibility for environmental regulation from the federal bureaucracy to the states and to  transform the EPA into an independent bipartisan commission, similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with structural safeguards against politicized science.  We will strictly limit congressional delegation of rule-making authority, and require that citizens be compensated for regulatory takings.” (Republican Party Platform 2016, p.28, col. 1, ¶3)

 

 

President Donald J. Trump has done it again. While on the campaign trail back in 2016, then candidate, Donald Trump, promised to drain the swamp.  Promising to roll back Barack Obama’s EPA regulation machine, then candidate Trump promised Americans that “We are going to get rid of it in almost every form. We’re going to have little tidbits left but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out.” 

Top of now President Donald J. Trump’s list – The Environmental Protection Agency

Promises made. Promises kept.  

To date, more than 1,600 workers have left the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since Trump has been in office.  According to the Washington Post, the exodus consists of climate change/environmental ideologues opposed to changes, cuts in federal funding and the elimination of EPA regulations by the Trump administration, most of which were implemented by Barack Obama.

Less than 400 staffers were hired, all of which decreases the size of the EPA by 8%, i.e., to “levels not seen since the Reagan administration.”  The President is not done yet.

Washington Free Beacon by Aryssa Damron

Some agency employees cited Trump as a reason for their departure.

“I felt it was time to leave given the irresponsible, ongoing diminishment of agency resources, which has recklessly endangered our ability to execute our responsibilities as public servants,” Ann Williamson, an EPA scientist based out of Seattle told the Post. She had been with the agency for 33 years.

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that almost half of all agency employees will be eligible for retirement in the next five years. He went on to say, “My priority is recruiting and maintaining the right staff, the right people for our mission, rather than total full-time employees.”

Before leaving the position in July 2018, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt anticipated that by not replacing officials retiring by 2021, the size of the agency would be reduced by 47 percent, down to 8,000 jobs from 15,000.

The Office of Enforcement and Compliance, the law enforcement arm of the EPA, has shrunk 15.7 percent under Trump, according to data provided by the EPA. Regional offices have seen an employment decrease of 10 percent[…]

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