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EPA Budget Said To ‘Zero Out’ Scores Of Programs; Cut Grants, Staff

The Trump administration’s controversial plan that will require an almost 25 percent cut to the agency’s budget in fiscal year 2018 reportedly includes plans to slash state grants by 30 percent, scale back the agency’s workforce by 20 percent and “zero out” almost two dozen programs, including popular brownfields and diesel emissions grants, as well as funds for implementing the Clean Power Plan.

The cuts are spelled out in a note from the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), a group that represents state and local air regulators, to its members providing details of the “pass back” EPA received from the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) earlier this week that launched internal talks on the agency’s budget.

The NACAA document noted that agencies, including EPA, have one day to appeal pass back recommendations.

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