March 3, 2017

Some EPA programs could be cut 70%

Independent, UK - The US Environmental Protection Agency could face cuts of up to 70 per cent to its climate change programmes under a new White House proposal.

The 23-page budget proposal for 2018 aims to slice the environmental regulator's overall budget by 25 per cent to $6.1 billion (£5bn) and staffing by 20 per cent to 12,400 as part of a broader effort to fund increased military spending.

It would also cut deeply into programmes like climate protection, environmental justice and enforcement.

The proposal would cut state grants for lead cleanup by 30 per cent to $9.8 million.

It would also see grants to help native tribes combat pollution reduced by 30 per cent to $45.8 million.

An EPA climate protection programme on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases like methane that contribute to global warming would be cut by 70 per cent to $29 million.

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