What EPA Budget Cuts & Regulatory Rollbacks 
Mean for Public Health & Environmental Protection

Over the next few days, we will be posting a series of write-ups about the EPA (and NOAA) programs that the Trump Administration is proposing to reduce and/or eliminate. We’ll start with an overview of the Trump budget proposal, with a look at how much taxpayers pay for EPA and its environmental programs. Then we’ll walk through programs on the chopping block.

This analysis is based on the OMB markup document which is not publicly available, but was leaked a couple weeks ago. The Trump budget is scheduled for release to Congress later this week. We appreciate any help you can provide in updating this analysis once the final proposal is on the street.

Below are programs on the chopping block, based on the OMB markup.

Access to information

Context: Gag orders, webpage changes and lost access to executive schedules

Community right to know 23%

Oil and Gas Sector Information Collection Request (ICR) – Regulatory withdrawal

Office of Public Engagement 100%, Environmental education 94%

Air quality program cuts

Air quality state grants 30%, Targeted air-sheds (state grants) 100%

Diesel emissions reduction act (state grants) 100%

Radon (EPA) 83%; Radon (state grants) 100%

Context: Clean Air Act history & accomplishments

Climate program cuts

EPA climate science programs

Climate & energy research 50%

US Global Change Research Program 94%

EPA climate programs

Climate protection (EPA) 69%

Clean Power Plan implementation 100%

Voluntary programs 100% (14 programs)

Green Power Partnership

Energy Star

NOAA climate science programs 17%

Office of Atmospheric Research (OAR) 26% (126 million)

National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) half-billion dollar reduction .

National Weather Service 5% -15%

Sea Grant 100%

University research (extramural funding)

Community programs, energy and sustainability program cuts

Alaskan native villages 100%

Environmental justice 78%

Small and minority business assistance 76%

Sustainable and healthy communities 46%

Tribal air quality management 31%

Tribal capacity building 18%

Tribal general assistance program (state grants) 29%

Enforcement program cuts

Civil enforcement 11%

Compliance monitoring 13%

Toxic substances compliance (state grants) 31%

Environmental science program cuts

Office of Science and Technology 32%

Office of Research & Development 42%

Chemical safety and sustainability 30%

Endocrine disruptors 94%

Safe and sustainable water resources 35%

University funding: STAR (Science to Achieve Results)

State funding support program cuts

Multi-purpose grants to states 100%

Toxic and hazardous substances program cuts

Brownfields (EPA) 44%, Brownfields (state & local grants) 31%

Lead paint (EPA) 29%, Lead remediation (state grants) 30%

Pesticides implementation (states) 31%

Water program cuts

Beachgoer protection (state water quality testing) 100%

Drinking water

Drinking water grants (states) 30%

Groundwater

Leaking underground storage tanks 29%

Underground injection control (state grants) 30%

Marine pollution 15%

Surface water

Water pollution control (state grants) 30%

Nonpoint source pollution (state grants) 30%

Regional and geographic programs

Chesapeake Bay cleanup 93%

Great Lakes restoration 97%

Gulf of Mexico cleanup 78%

US Mexico border program 91% (multi-media)

US Mexico targeted watersheds (state grants) 100%

Puget Sound cleanup 93%

San Francisco Bay cleanup 100%

WaterSense 100%

Wetlands (state grants) 31%

 

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