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Since taking office, President Trump has proposed sweeping cuts to EPA’s budget, putting at risk the mission of the EPA to protect this country’s environment and the health of its people. EPN has vigorously defended EPA’s budget by providing insight and information to the public, our partners, and Congress on what is at stake if EPA is dismantled.
Since the Clean Air Act passed in 1970, EPA has focused on reducing the impacts that both indoor and outdoor air pollution have on individuals’ health; however, the Trump Administration has proposed numerous regulatory rollbacks that would negate much of that work. EPN has provided comments, fact sheets and testimony to provide a detailed understanding of EPA’s critical role in ensuring citizens breathe clean air.
Science is at the core of nearly everything EPA does in order to protect Americans' health and environment. EPN has spoken out through analyses, comments, fact sheets and more on the current administration’s numerous attacks on science.
EPA uses economic analyses to improve the effectiveness of its environmental policies. EPN has produced comments and testimony to rebuke the current administration’s attempts to falsely rewrite the economic benefits and outcomes of regulations they are proposing to roll back.
One of EPA’s core missions is to ensure that Americans have safe drinking water, and that rivers, lakes, streams, and coastal waters are kept clean. EPN has provided information and comments on this vital core program, as well as the budget cuts and regulatory rollbacks that put America’s water in jeopardy.
EPA protects the American public from the dangers of toxic chemicals and pesticides by evaluating new and existing chemicals and their risks, and researching and registering pesticide use. The Trump Administration’s budget proposals have put this and other core programs at risk, and EPN has provided information to explain how vital this program is in protecting public health and the environment.
Years of disregard for the dangers of hazardous waste left a legacy of contaminated land and water that poses serious threats to people’s health and the natural environment. In 1980, Congress gave EPA responsibility for hazardous waste cleanups and responses to environmental emergencies, spills and natural disasters under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, known as Superfund. EPN provides information about this vital program.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) acts as “our basic national charter for protection of the environment.” Congress mandates that federal agencies look carefully at the environmental consequences of their actions and engage all practicable measures to prevent environmental harm when engaging in agency action. EPN has opposed recent proposals to change NEPA regulations and ratings.
EPA regional offices, EPA’s strategic plan, and EPA’s regulations all play an important role in environmental protection. EPN provides background and/or comments on various efforts by the Trump Administration to hurt the agency’s ability to do its work.
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