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Trump cuts EPA budget by $2.6 bn

President Trump has proposed cutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by $2.6 (€2.4) billion, nearly a third of the total. 
 
An annual budget of just $5.7 (€5.3) billion, the lowest since 1990, would eliminate 3,200 jobs at the EPA and force the agency to drastically scale back its activities. 
 
Trump's budget blueprint specifically cuts funding for the Clean Power Plan, climate change research and international cooperation, investigation of EPA regulations violations, and research and development – among other things. The Trump plan prioritises drinking and wastewater infrastructure. 
 
According to White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the new EPA budget gives the agency more flexibility on how to achieve their targets. But environmental groups slammed the plan as a “betrayal of our health and environment”.
 
Image: Ivan 2010, CC BY-SA 4.0
16/03/2017  |  Frank Jacobs

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