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Trump’s 2020 Budget Would Slash Funding for EPA Programs

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The White House‘s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget, released on Monday, would reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s spending by 31 percent, following proposed budget cuts of 23 percent for fiscal year 2019 and 31 percent for fiscal year 2018. The Trump administration’s attempted deep cuts have had historically minimal impact on the agency’s budget: In 2019, the agency received $8.1 billion in funding, $2.2 billion higher than what the administration had proposed. However, these cuts offer further evidence of the Trump administration’s lack of concern for federal environmental protection.

According to the budget, “EPA will continue streamlining programs and processes, eliminating many voluntary and lower-priority activities, and empowering States and Tribes as the primary implementers of environmental programs.”

These “voluntary and lower-priority activities” include the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, for which the budget proposes cutting $270 million of $300 million in federal funding to restore wetlands and improve water quality in the Great Lakes region, the Detroit Free Press reports. Among other reductions, the administration would also decrease funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant program, which provides money to retrofit or replace diesel-powered vehicles with cleaner models, from $87 million to $10 million; reduce chemical safety and sustainability research spending by over $40 million; and slash 90 percent of funding for the Atmospheric Protection Program, the EPA’s mandatory greenhouse gas reporting program, E&E News reports.

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