March 13th, 2017
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A federal budget proposal leaked last week revealed plans by the Trump administration to reduce the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s staff by 20 percent and its budget by 25 percent.
The Ohio EPA depends on federal funding for about 20 percent of its budget, so the sweeping cuts proposed by the Trump administration would affect the state.
“I think we need to be patient,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler. “Are we concerned about it? Yes … I think it’s important for us to be vocal, but also do it at the right level and at the right tone. If they’re going to be talking about cuts, we want a seat at the table.”