Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today highlighted the disastrous impacts President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could have across New York State.
According to Schneiderman, the significant loss of EPA funding and reduction in the agency’s staffing levels would potentially slow, halt, or even reverse environmental protection throughout the state.
Under President Trump’s proposed budget “blueprint” released last Thursday, the EPA would face cuts, with funding for the agency to be reduced by 31 percent, or $2.6 billion. This cut would bring the EPA’s budget to $5.7 billion, which is the lowest level the budget has been in 40 years, when adjusted for inflation.
The cuts would also eliminate more than 50 programs and 3,200 jobs.
President Trump’s proposed EPA budget cuts include:
- A 45% cut in Categorical Grants to states that help develop and implement various water, air, waste, pesticides, and toxic substances programs.
- A 50% reduction in the EPA’s Office of Research and Development.
- The total elimination of the $427 million funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other geographic programs.
- The total elimination of funding for the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs, and “related efforts,” totaling $100 million
- A 43% reduction in Superfund site cleanup funding.
- A 30% decrease in the EPA’s enforcement and compliance budget.
- The total elimination of funding for 50 EPA programs totaling $347 million, including Energy Star, a voluntary labeling program, created in 1992, designed to identify energy-efficient, cost-saving home appliances, lighting, and electronics for consumers.