EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Sunday defended massive 31 percent budget cuts at EPA, including funding for states to carry out federal programs saying, “We have state departments of environmental quality that have the resources and the expertise to deal with clean water and clean air issues,” on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
On March 16 the Environmental Council of the States, which represents the state environmental agencies of all 50 states, said the “dramatic cuts” proposed by President Trump will adversely affect every state.”
Clearly, Pennsylvania does not now and has not had the resources to carry out its mission for some time.
Pennsylvania has seen the General Assembly and Democratic and Republican governors cut the Department of Environmental Protection’s General Fund budget by 40 percent and its staff by 25 percent over the last 14 years.
Click Here for Pruitt’s comments on state funding.
Chris Wallace also pressed Prutt on climate and air quality issues. Click Here for the full interview.
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