The Trump administration released its proposed budget today, calling for steep cuts in funding for U.S. EPA.  The plan proposes an EPA budget of $5.7 billion, a reduction of $2.6 billion from current levels, representing a 31 percent cut in overall funding.Continue Reading Trump Administration’s Budget Proposal Calls for Steep Cuts at EPA

EPA has reportedly been instructed by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) to develop a plan for consolidating its ten (10) regional offices into eight (8) as a way to realize efficiencies and reduce costs. The proposed reduction in the number of regional offices is part of the OMB’s broader budget document for fiscal year 2018, which is reported to propose a 25 percent cut to the agency’s overall budget, a 30 percent reduction in state grants, and a 20 percent cut in personnel. The proposals are preliminary, and President Trump’s official budget outline for FY 2018 is expected to be issued March 16th.  The federal fiscal year begins on October 1st.
Continue Reading Initial Budget Discussions Include Significant EPA Cuts and Consolidation of Regional Offices