Administration Proposes Steep EPA Budget Cuts

May 23, 2017 – President Trump released the FY 2018 budget request for the federal government, including EPA, calling for a 30-percent cut in federal grants to state and local air pollution control agencies under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act – from $227.785 million in FY 2017 to $159.450 million in FY 2018.  The budget would reduce EPA’s total budget by 31 percent (from $8.2 billion in FY 2017 to $5.7 billion in FY 2018) and would decrease EPA’s staffing levels by 25 percent (from 15,416 full-time equivalents to 11,611).  The proposal also includes reduction of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants by 80 percent (from $50 million in FY 2017 to $10 million in FY 2018); elimination of the Targeted Airshed grant program ($20 million in FY 2017) and the Multipurpose Grant program ($21 million in FY 2017); elimination of funding for a dozen geographic programs including those for the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes and Puget Sound; reduction of EPA’s Science and Technology Budget by 39 percent (from $733 million to $451 million) and a decrease in EPA’s Environmental Program and Management budget (i.e., the agency’s overall operating budget) by 35 percent (from $2.6 billion to $1.7 billion). The budget will now be sent to Congress for consideration and enactment of appropriations legislation.  Budget details are available on several webpages:  EPA’s Budget in Brief, EPA excerpt from the full budget and the White House’s FY 2018 budget website.