“The Trump administration budget released today is a blueprint for a less healthy, more polluted America,” Fred Krupp,
president of the Environmental Defense Fund, said in a statement. “A budget shows your values — and this budget shows the
administration doesn’t value clean air, clean water, or protecting Americans from toxic pollution.”

The White House is seeking to cut more than $2.5 billion from the annual budget of the
Environmental Protection Agency — an overall reduction of more than 23 percent.

The administration’s plan would cut several dozen programs altogether. Among them: funding for state radon-detection initiatives;
assistance to fund water system improvements; and partnerships to monitor and restore water quality
in the Gulf of Mexico, Puget Sound and other large bodies of water.
Funding for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay would fall from $72 million to $7 million, and a similar program for the
Great Lakes would be cut from $300 million to $30 million — although neither would be wiped out.

The head of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation called the proposal ,“another assault on clean water, from a president who campaigned saying he valued it.”

“This administration says they want to partner with states, but a 90 percent budget reduction says the opposite,” William C.
Baker said in a statement. “The Chesapeake Bay Program is the glue that holds the state/federal partnership together.
A cut of this magnitude would severely damage Bay restoration efforts, just at a time when we are seeing significant progress.”

[EPA under Trump shrinks to near Reagan-era staffing levels]

In addition, the Trump budget would eliminate — or very nearly eliminate —
the agency’s programs related to climate change. Funding for the agency’s
Office of Science and Technology would drop by more than a third, from $762 million to $489 million.
And funding for prosecuting environmental crimes and for certain clean air and water programs would drop significantly.