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President Announces Plan to Trim Size of EPA
USAgNet - 09/07/2017

President Donald Trump promised 'tremendous cutting' at the Environmental Protection Agency. Nearly 400 employees have left the agency since Aug. 31, largely due to buyouts. As a result, the agency is on course to become the smallest it's been since Reagan was president in 1988.

The phrase "climate change" has been singled out and eliminated in grant applications, according to Washington Post interviews with employees. That effort is led by past Trump campaign aide John Konkus, who reportedly calls it the "double c word."

Konkus, an EPA public affairs officer, has been given the responsibility of vetting the hundreds of millions in grants annually awarded by the agency to universities and nonprofits. Former EPA officials told the Washington Post that they had never heard of a similar arrangement.

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