According to E&E News, a news organization that focuses on energy and the environment, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to request around-the-clock security, based on an internal agency email.
“Based on conversations with the transition team, we anticipate that Mr. Pruitt will initially request a 24/7 detail,” the email reads in part.
Prior EPA administrators have received not-unsubstantial security protections. E&E News reported that the administrator’s protection averaged six to eight full-time employees in recent years. Still, this request would mark a substantial increase in security compared to past administrations. The agency wants 10 additional full-time staff to provide full 24/7 security.
A similar request by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will cost her agency an estimated $8 million over the next eight months, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. No such estimate has been provided by the EPA at this time.
Contrast this with the severe budget cuts requested of the EPA by the White House’s 2018 budget blueprint. The New York Times recently looked at which proposed cuts will be “likely to face resistance” by the time the budget reaches Congress, including:
- Decreasing grants by almost one-third that help states monitor public water systems.
- Reduces spending on civil and criminal enforcement of environmental penalties by 60%.
- Eliminating regional cleanup initiatives, including with the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes.
- Eliminating the Climate Protection Program.
- Eliminating research and screening effort for endocrine disruptors (which have been linked to cancer and birth defects).
Pruitt maintains the EPA wants to break a pattern of regulatory overreach enacted by the Obama Administration.
“We’ve always been able to develop and grow our economy, and also take care of our natural resources,” he recently told Fox Business News.