From Order to Chaos: The Attack on the EPA

From Order to Chaos: The Attack on the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 under Richard Nixon’s administration.  Now in 2017, it is likely that at least 25% of the agency will be dismantled by the Authoritarian’s administration.

This is a crime against the well-being of all living things and their environment by the White House

Even before the current administration took over the White House, the Authoritarian’s transition team sent clear messages that the EPA was in trouble. The so-called transition team wanted names of EPA employees who worked on, wrote papers about, and did research in the fields related to climate science.

They were not doing this give out awards!  They did it put the EPA on notice that “we are out to get you.”

And so today reports are out there that the EPA’s budget and staff of scientists, engineers, and technical staff will be reduced by 25%.

The EPA has more than 15,000 employees, and an annual budget of $8,139,887,000.  It has 27 laboratories across the county which is divided into 10 regional administrations.

If the EPA is cut by 25%, 3,750 people will be fired, and budget will be reduced by at least by at least $2 billion. Mass firings with devastating affects.

This will devastate environmental protection activity in the states, not necessarily in DC.  Air and especially water pollution will increase impacting the most important resources for human and all other living things in the environment.

If you think the Flint, Michigan drinking water debacle was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet.

About Jack Hassard

Jack Hassard is a writer, a former high school teacher, and Professor Emeritus of Science Education, Georgia State University.