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Senators question Pruitt on EPA staff cuts

Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee have written to Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, asking him about the agency's plans to drastically reduce its workforce.

In a letter on 14 September, the senators warned that the Donald Trump government’s plan to cut staff at the agency by 25 per cent in fiscal year 2018 would damage its ability to carry out its mission to protect public health and the environment. The EPA’s Office of Research and Development could lose up to 183 employees, while the office handling chemical safety could lose 50, they said.

“To evaluate the impact of the ongoing and planned personnel cuts, we request information on EPA reorganizations, FTE [full-time equivalent] ceilings and staffing levels, the specifics and impacts of ongoing buyouts and early-outs, and the plans for further workforce reductions,” the letter said.

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