How the Trump Administration is Tilting EPA Priorities in Favor of Oil & Gas Production

Summary of EPA Programs and Activities Slashed and Eliminated In the 2018 Budget Proposal

EPA’s FY17 Performance Plan includes 37 programs and targeted activities aimed at addressing increased public health and environmental risks that communities across the US are experiencing from oil and gas production.  In several instances, the Agency requested additional funding to effectively implement these activities.

The Trump Administration’s FY18 proposed budget slashes funding for all of these oil-and-gas related activities, outright eliminating many.  Below is a summary description and some details about what each of these programs and activities does.

More details about each program/activity can be found on the referenced worksheet tab in our detailed analysis @ EPA's budget and performance plan pre- and post-Pruitt (FY 2017 vs. FY 2018. 

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Save EPA has been an all-volunteer group of former EPA officials who became alarmed about the Trump agenda for EPA and joined together to fight it.

With newly-elected President-Elect Biden and VP-Elect Harris coming in January, the need to "save EPA" is much less urgent. This is not to imply all clear skies ahead - there is much re-building to do, there will be negative pressures on the new administration, and we will likely have policy differences in the future. However, we are hopeful that these differences will be discussed rationally, using science as a basis for moving forward, and keeping EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment in the forefront.

And so, we are going back to retirement!  We're keeping our website up at , as a resource for those who want to follow and influence the restoration work. Our report on the Trump record at EPA describes the actions that need to be reversed [], and our guide to participating in the rulemaking process [] can help you be part of the solution.

Thank you for your support and commitment during the past 3.5 years.  While the Trump assaults were unending, they were also frequently unsuccessful, and that was due in large part to public outrage.  Keep it up!  Although EPA will be in much better hands with a Biden administration, there is always a need for an informed and engaged public.