A Trump administration official said Thursday that the EPA will be cutting $1 billion from its budget in the next fiscal year, the first significant reduction in nearly a decade.
“We will continue to work closely with Congress and stakeholders to address critical funding gaps and gaps in the federal government’s mission, while maintaining essential programs,” the official said in a statement.
The EPA’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs announced in April that it would eliminate $1,400 in funding for its budget for fiscal year 2020.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt also has proposed eliminating funding for the Office of Compliance and the Office for Health and Safety, two agencies that handle environmental issues.
The agency’s budget is roughly $18 billion a year, or 2.6 percent of the budget of the Department of Justice.
In recent years, Trump’s administration has cut funding for programs that protect Americans from chemicals and pollutants.
Pruitt’s budget proposal would slash about $2.8 billion from EPA’s annual budget, according to a White House statement.