Along with all the other other grants and contracts issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, a chief target of corporations and developers.
From Deutsche Welle:
President Donald Trump’s has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to temporarily freeze all contracts and grants, in a sign his administration will follow through on campaign promises to slash environmental regulations.
It was unclear if the order was for existing or only future contracts at the EPA, which is responsible for environmental and health protection. The EPA awards and manages several billion dollars of grants every year, ranging from environmental testing to cleanups and research. The order also halts task orders or work assignments to contractors.
The White House also asked the agency to stop issuing press releases, writing blog updates or posting on social media. The request extended to halting contacts with the press, raising concerns the Trump administration is trying to restrict the public’s access to information about changes at the agency. Similar orders landed in staff inboxes on Tuesday at the Department of Agriculture and the Interior Department, which manages federal land in the US.
Trump has vowed to remove environmental regulations in order to promote more energy production and mining. In the “America First Energy Plan” published on the White House website after last Friday’s inauguration, the new administration said it would “refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.”
“For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry,” the White House policy says. It calls for expanding oil, gas and shale drilling as well as “reviving America’s coal industry.”