The local impacts of President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts would cause direct, immediate, and lasting harm the public health and environment, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Wednesday.
"President Trump's budget cuts would cause untold – and perhaps irreparable – damage to New York's rivers, lakes, and drinking water," said Schneiderman. "Even before these massive cuts, EPA represents just two-tenths of 1 percent of the federal budget – yet it's responsible for protecting our environment and public health.”
Trump’s proposed budget would cut the EPA’s budget by $2 billion – a 25 percent cut – and the EPA’s workforce by 20 percent, which means 3,000 employees would be fired. Grants to states and air and water programs would be cut by 30 percent.