EPA to Offer Buyouts to Shrink Workforce

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of President Trump’s goal to shrink the federal workforce (and budget), is establishing a buyout program to reduce its 15,000-person staff. EPA acting deputy administrator Mike Flynn said the agency was acting on a letter from the White House urging immediate action on staffing reductions across the federal […]

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EPA Seeks Regulatory Reform Input through May 15

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public commentary for its Regulatory Reform Task Force as it reassesses existing regulations. Announced on April 13 in the Federal Register, the commentary period runs through May 15. The announcement explains: Through this notice, EPA is soliciting such input from the public to inform its Task Force’s evaluation […]

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White House Withdraws Hold on Environmental Protection Agency Grants

Shortly after inauguration on Jan. 20, President Trump and his staff ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cease awarding grants and contracts while they reviewed what was happening. Late Friday, the review was completed and all grants and contracts, totaling at least $4 billion a year, were back on track, with nothing being withheld, […]

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Trump Issues Gag Order on Federal Agencies — Or Not?

Various media reports maintain that both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture have received memos from the White House forbidding them to send out press releases, make new blog posts or engage in social media. Furthermore, the EPA has been told to cease issuing grants and contracts. It’s unclear if any other government […]

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EPA Set to Impose California-Style Fuel Standards on the U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday is set to announce a new fuel rule that will mimic California's by mandating a two-thirds cut in the level of sulfur in gasoline. Specifically, the rule will require the oil industry to reduce sulfur in gasoline from 30 parts per million to 20 parts per million. The […]

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EPA Proposes New Rules to Protect Farm Workers

Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard in order to protect the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure. “Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day,” […]

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EPA to Trim 1,000 Positions With Buyouts of Up to $25K

Unlike the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not expanding but going the opposite way, with up to 1,000 staff positions to be cut at 19 offices and locations across the country, the Federal Times is reporting. The cuts will target employees at the GS-13 to GS-15 levels and […]

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EPA Building Renamed in Honor of Bill Clinton

The Ariel Rios Building housing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now the William Jefferson Clinton Building, thanks to legislation introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D.-Calif. The Ariel Rios name, which honored a fallen agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will be resurrected on a reflecting pond with the family's […]

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