The Environmental Protection Agency’s budget would be slashed from $8.3 billion to $5.7 billion under President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget plan.
That amounts to a 31 percent cut in the agency’s budget, and are much steeper than originally anticipated. Originally, Trump was seeking to gut the agency by 24 percent to $6 billion.
The plan said the cut would eliminate about 3,200 positions at the EPA.
The blueprint said the reduction “reflects the success of environmental protection efforts, a focus on core legal requirements, the important role of the states in implementing the nation’s environmental laws, and the president’s priority to ease the burden of unnecessary federal regulations that impose significant costs for workers and consumers without justifiable environmental benefits.”