If Shutdown Is Any Indicator, EPA Is Largely ‘Non-Essential’


If the number of employees being furloughed by Federal agencies due to the government shutdown is any indicator of just how “essential” an agency actually is, most of the aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s mission are “non-essential.”


According to and EPA document obtained by Reuters, more than nine out of every 10 EPA employees are considered by the Federal government to be non-essential workers and will be furloughed over the course of the government shutdown.

The agency said that it would “classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential,” about 6.6 percent of the agency’s entire workforce, for the purpose of trimming in the event of a government shutdown.

The news outlet also reports that a majority of the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation employees will be furloughed, tightening the timeline for the completion of certain court-imposed deadlines to examine climate change caused by industrial and power plant pollution.

“People are not going to be able to be working on these rules at home,” Dina Kruger, an environmental regulation consultant and former climate change director at the EPA, told Reuters.

The belt-tightening at the EPA will also set back the agency’s ability to comply with a number of key provisions laid out in President Barack Obama’s climate change agenda.

Many Congressional Republicans have lauded the EPA’s massive cutbacks as a silver lining of the government shutdown.

“There is some good news out of the shutdown, the EPA can’t issue new regulations,” Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), said on Twitter.

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  • FreedomFighter

    “nine out of every 10 EPA employees are considered by the Federal government to be non-essential workers “
    Looks like a place for serious cost cutting in government.
    Laus DeoSemper FI

  • To Tell The Truth

    The EPA has ALWAYS been unnecessary.

  • pnwdave

    This action should have been taken a long time ago, if we had responsible politicians, shutdown or no shutdown!
    I wonder how many other government agencies have that bloat in their beauracracy? I bet we could all name a few!

  • dan

    I agree with the sentiment , but….
    there were a couple of years at the beginning (before they grew out of control) where it was necessary for a Fed entity to corral the Mega- corps from dumping sewage and chemicals in waterways and the illegal/ unsafe dumping of more chemicals in landfills…even making people in LA get tune-ups so the air was a little more breathable wasn’t a BAD idea….it’s just that after they achieved their mission ,EPA became a beurocracy in search of an ever expanding purpose (like a cancer )
    growing to about 95% beyond what was necessary.

    meh I tried to change this …it was meant for To Tell The Truth,sigh

  • Robert Messmer

    Don’t forget that Nancy warned us that there is no fat in the budget. They are at bare bones now. vs 800,000 NON-ESSENTIAL personnel. Since the last fiscal year is over, I wonder what the “officially” accepted deficit number is now? Did Obama manage to hit 1 Trillion even with Sequestration in effect since March?