"The Trump Takeover of EPA: Throwing Environmental Protection In Reverse" -- UPDATED August 14, 2020

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As EPA and other federal agencies comply with President Trump’s executive orders to speed up deregulation in the name of the pandemic, Save EPA, a Denver-based group of former EPA civil servants, is releasing an update of its report documenting the administration’s wide-ranging assault on environmental and public health protections.

Since the Save EPA report was issued two months ago, EPA and related agencies have further scaled back government efforts to protect the environment as well as the public’s opportunity to raise concerns, while doing fossil-fuel and other industries regulatory favors. The key take-away of the updated report: Trump is doubling down on his already extensive efforts to throw  environmental protection in reverse, squandering years of progress and undermining the federal government’s ability to protect Americans, now and in the future. 

With the presidential election approaching, Save EPA undertook a comprehensive review of Trump’s record on health and environmental protection to assist voters in assessing his performance in office. While the Trump rule rollbacks have been tracked, Save EPA looks at the totality of administration actions to undo current and cripple future efforts by EPA and related agencies to combat pollution, particularly climate-changing pollution. Written for the general public, the report connects the myriad steps the Trump administration has taken and explains their individual and cumulative impacts.

The updated report includes a new introductory section on “environmental injustice,” the fact that minority and low-income communities continue to be disproportionately and unfairly harmed by environmental problems.

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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.