President Donald Trump Proposes to cut the US EPA budget by 31%
March 16, 2017
President Donald Trump released a $1.1 trillion budget outline Thursday that proposes increase in defense spending and corresponding cuts to non-defense spending. The EPA was on the list of the top four agencies that will see a decrease in their budget .
The agencies that have had their budgets cut by President Donald Trumpís proposed budget cuts at the State Department by 28%, the Department of Housing and Urban Development by 13.2%, the Environmental Protection Agency by 31% along with the elimination of other federal programs.
This proposed budget outlines Presidentís priorities. The budget will have to be approved by Congress, this is a work in progress and the budget will be revised as it works itís way through the approval process. The full budget will be released in May.
The Environmental Protection Agency was address on pages 41-42 of the budget ďAmerica First A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great AgainĒ the following is directly from those pages.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for protecting human health and the environment. The budget for EPA reflects the success of environmental protection efforts, a focus on core legal requirements, the important role of the States in implementing the Nationís environmental laws, and the Presidentís priority to ease the burden of unnecessary Federal regulations that impose significant costs for workers and consumers without justifiable environmental benefits. This would result in approximately 3,200 fewer positions at the agency. EPA would primarily support States and Tribes in their important role protecting air, land, and water in the 21st Century.
The Presidentís 2018 Budget requests $5.7 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, a savings of $2.6 billion, or 31 percent, from the 2017 annualized CR level.
The Presidentís 2018 Budget:
Provides robust funding for critical drinking and wastewater infrastructure. These funding levels further the Presidentís ongoing commitment to infrastructure repair and replacement and would allow States, municipalities, and private entities to continue to finance high priority infrastructure investments that protect human health. The Budget includes $2.3 billion for the State Revolving Funds, a $4 million increase over the 2017 annualized CR level. The Budget also provides $20 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, equal to the funding provided in the 2017 annualized CR. This credit subsidy could potentially support $1 billion in direct Federal loans.
Discontinues funding for the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs, and related effortsósaving over $100 million for the American taxpayer compared to 2017 annualized CR levels. Consistent with the Presidentís America First Energy Plan, the Budget reorients EPAís air program to protect the air we breathe without unduly burdening the American economy.
Reins in Superfund administrative costs and emphasizes efficiency efforts by funding the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account at $762 million, $330 million below the 2017 annualized CR level. The agency would prioritize the use of existing settlement funds to clean up hazardous waste sites and look for ways to remove some of the barriers that have delayed the programís ability to return sites to the community.
Avoids duplication by concentrating EPAís enforcement of environmental protection violations on programs that are not delegated to States, while providing oversight to maintain consistency and assistance across State, local, and tribal programs. This reduces EPAís Office of Enforcement
EnvironmentalProtectionAgency and Compliance Assurance budget to $419 million, which is $129 million below the 2017 annualized CR level.
- Better targets EPAís Office of Research and Development (ORD) at a level of approximately $250 million, which would result in a savings of $233 million from the 2017 annualized CR level. ORD would prioritize activities that support decision-making related to core environmental statutory requirements, as opposed to extramural activities, such as providing STAR grants.
- Supports Categorical Grants with $597 million, a $482 million reduction below 2017 annualized CR levels. These lower levels are in line with the broader strategy of streamlining environmental protection. This funding level eliminates or substantially reduces Federal investment in State environmental activities that go beyond EPAís statutory requirements.
- Eliminates funding for specific regional efforts such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay, and other geographic programs. These geographic program eliminations are $427 million lower than the 2017 annualized CR levels. The Budget returns the responsibility for funding local environmental efforts and programs to State and local entities, allowing EPA to focus on its highest national priorities.
- Eliminates more than 50 EPA programs, saving an additional $347 million compared to the 2017 annualized CR level. Lower priority and poorly performing programs and grants are not funded, nor are duplicative functions that can be absorbed into other programs or that are State and local responsibilities. Examples of eliminations in addition to those previously mentioned include: Energy Star; Targeted Airshed Grants; the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; and infrastructure assistance to Alaska Native Villages and the Mexico Border.
To view the complete proposed budget by President Donald Trump please click on the link below: