EPA spending to sink -31% under Trump’s budget proposal

WASHINGTON D.C. -- President Trump released a partial outline of his 2018 budget, proposing billions of dollars in spending cuts to most government agencies to pay for large increases in military and homeland security spending, resulting in a 1.2% cut in discretionary spending over all.

The EPA is among the hardest-hit agencies. The budget calls for the reduction of EPA spending from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion, elimination of about 3,200 staff positions — over 20% of the department. It would also eliminate all funding for enactment of the Clean Power Plan, the regulations designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. It would also discontinue funding for climate change research and international climate change programs.

Another prime target: the United Nations. Climate-change initiatives at the United Nations would lose all their U.S. funding.

The budget would slightly increase funding on drinking and wastewater infrastructure, including a $4 million increase for the State Revolving Funds, which are meant to ensure clean water for local communities and prevent contaminated drinking-water crises like the one in Flint, Mich.