The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead on President Donald Trump's pledge to do away with environmental regulations that curb domestic oil and gas production.
Trump's proposed budget has targeted a number of Obama-era energy and environmental initiatives, broad EPA cuts, and would eliminate the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), alongside other reductions to efficiency and renewable energy programs.
"At this time, our discussions have not veered into the subject of an office closure", said Kaplan's email to employees.
"We have a crisis - we have an agency that's already been cut to the bare bone", said John J. But as Politico reports, Scott Pruitt's moves to destroy the EPA certainly are costing some jobs. Kharbanda said. "There's a huge disparity between paying a visit to a community - which in and of itself is a good thing - and the absolutely devastating cuts that the Trump administration is proposing".
"Back-to-Basics means returning EPA to its core mission", Pruitt said, "protecting the environment by engaging with state, local, and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth".
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Pruitt toured the West Calumet Housing Complex, a public housing complex, alongside Gov. Eric Holcomb who approved a disaster declaration for the city just weeks after taking office.
John O'Grady, president of AFGE Council 238, the union that represents EPA employees, said: "This Administration wants to cut at least 3,100 full-time employees, yet the March 21, 2017, budget document indicates cuts as high as 4,000 full-time employees".
Chanting crowds weaved through streets of East Chicago; some held signs that read "East Chicago Demands Clean Water". Despite thousands of protesters and a temporary stay, the pipeline began transporting oil at the end of last month.
The private sector is set to get a big boost under this administration, and the latest talk to limit the power of the public sphere involves pushing legal consideration to outside counsel, potentially bypassing the influence of longtime EPA employees in favor of kowtowing to corporate concerns. Housing officials said their goal is to move out all families by May. Flint families still can not drink tap water without a filter, and as more communities deal with the effects of aging infrastructure on the health of their water systems, we should be strengthening - not cutting - these vital federal tools.
The US EPA says it would reconsider a rule on emissions from oil and gas operations and delay its implementation. The land we walk upon is contaminated.