Over 700 employees at the Environmental Protection Agency have quit or taken early retirement during the Trump administration so far, bringing the agency close to employment levels not seen since Reagan. ThinkProgress, whose senior editor is scared of his plumber who he fears may have voted for Trump, is warning that the exodus will lead to "dirtier air" and "dirtier water." "Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a
Unfund and close the EPA. Bring it back with subject matter experts who advise the President on provable issues which could affect the Country. Oh, and they serve at the pleasure of the President and only receive travel pay and per-diem while in session.
FTA: ""According to the EPA´s contingency shutdown plan for December, the agency currently has 14,449 employees on board—a marked change from the April contingency plan, which showed a staff of 15,219."
After months of crying at their desks over Trump´s election victory, bureaucrats are now "quitting in disgust."
14,000 federal employees is still +/- $120,0000,000 just in annual salaries and still too many regulators messing with peoples lives.
Getting rid of the agency entirely would be a significant step in reducing the 2018 federal budget by the time you count salaries, FF&E, parties, seminars, trips abroad, payoffs, etc.
Yay. Not enough, but at least we are going in the correct direction, and the opposite direction of the enormous increase in government employees and federal reach during the (imo, nearly lawless) Obama years. Meanwhile, as the mighty Ms. Feldman said in her column this week, "the “green” operations [mostly bogus non-profits which often managed to pay their administrators fat salaries] who were cut off from the old EPA sue-and-settle scam" will also feel the heat. No more massive amounts of taxpayers´ dollars funneled into their coffers. And no more new regulations being agreed to by bureaucrats, regulations which were never enacted by Congress or subjected to public comment.
I suppose that they could all go work for the Clinton Foundation where they might be happier? Think of the possibilities of bringing clean water to the slums of Haiti or something...Now if the EPA will instead turn back to cleaning up long ignored Superfund sites so much the better.
Trump said early on that he was going to cut EPA way back. I think the number was about 5,000 employees. States now do the majority of work. The time for the EPA has come and gone. I´m sick of these morons trying to justify bloated, politically oriented, ineffective bureaucracies with scare tactics.
Here´s how I envision these useless Federal agencies like the EPA, IRS, Dept. of Education, the ATF&E all each a tiny little closet size office with a department head and one employee. They are given a copy machine and one government issued i-Phone to share with a huge (yuge) picture of President Donald Trump hanging on the office wall to remind them how humble they should be to the public they serve. That´s my dream. I love the sound of this article.
Fantastic news. More reductions would be good. Push all EPA enforcement back to the state levels, with Feds only in charge of assisting in the negotiations of state regulation conflicts. The existing regulations need to be reviewed and made more sensible and cost effective, and then frozen permanently, no longer the continuously tightening regulations of all "pollutants" which we have been seeing since the EPA was created.
Good enough is good enough. Once the air and water are clean, as they are now, the EPA needs no significant staff to be creating any new restrictions, just a few dozen in the enforcement arm and some to coordinate between states. Let states be primary enforcement.
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Wizard of IS, 12/17/2017 9:58:29 AM (No. 11483406)
Scott Pruitt may be Pres. Trump’s best appoint. We loved him as Oklahoma’s Attorney Gen. cuz what you see is what you get. If the Pres has told him to shut it down Scott will leave no stone unturned. And when he’s done there, don’t be surprised if he’s tasked to Lock Her Up!
If you must have a swamp, the self-draining kind is best.
I think people can be trusted to manage the little streams and puddles that adorn their property. The EPA has been illegally tresspassing on small farms for years to make sure we didn´t mess with our own land or accidentally kill a frog.
Many states have their own EPA´s. The Federal EPA is a duplication of effort and should be closed like Energy, Education, EPA and any other unconstitutional agencies. I assure you these functions are unnecessary and you wouldn´t notice any change in your life without them other than less Federal tax money needed to support them.
Don´t get too happy. Perhaps some here have forgotten, but this vile and UNCONSTITUTIONAL agency was created by a Statist Republicrat, Nixon. Remember our jokes here about "stroke of a pen, law of the land. Cool!" Well, it´s bi-partisan power grabs. Fully. Doubt it? Nixon began it. Ford continued it. So did Reagan. So did G.H.W. Bush. So did George W. Bush. More than 40 years! of an utterly unconstitutional Feral agency claiming jurisdiction over the puddles in your driveway. Yes, completely abolish this gang of thieves and creeps, and retroactively abolish EVERY reg issued by them. But public floggings should at least be on the table for ALL elected officials who swore an oath to -- and were paid to -- uphold and defend the Constitution. And are revealed as being foresworn in those oaths. A useful object lesson pour encourager les autres.
former Obama EPA official: "people are going to breathe dirtier air and drink dirtier water."
Oooooo. An boogieman from BO´s abysmally inept and corrupt administration creeps out of her coffin to try to scare us. Sorry dear, Halloween is over.
Once the EPA´s mission is appropriately shrunken back to focus on their original mission of clean air, water, and land those people won´t be needed or missed. In fact there could be a ton more gone with no appreciable impact on actually valuable operations.
Now let´s get that done for the IRS, DOE, State, and many more (most?) agencies. A nice 20% decrease in federal staff would probably work out nicely.
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