As Trump Slashes EPA, Worry Over the Fate of an Agency Doing Similar Work

Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, February 18, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

It has little name recognition, a budget less than 10 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s, and is part of a government institute embraced by both of the nation’s major political parties. Still, those concerned about the future of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are wary of what’s to come.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 28, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

It has little name recognition, a budget less than 10 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s, and is part of a government institute embraced by both of the nation’s major political parties.

Still, those concerned about the future of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are wary of what’s to come.

“In light of what President Trump wants to do to the EPA, I don’t think any agency that deals with issues unpopular with the current government is going to escape,” said Tracey Woodruff, a professor at University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is a branch of the National Institutes of Health based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Founded in 1966 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, it has a 2017 fiscal year budget of $771 million, far less than the EPA’s $8.2 billion and a tiny fraction of the NIH’s $32 billion.

The NIEHS studies the health effects of pesticides, chemicals and cancer-causing compounds. Some of its work is akin to the EPA’s efforts on environmental health — programs that would be eliminated or rolled back under President Trump’s proposed 31 percent cut to the EPA’s budget.

Trump’s initial 2018 budget calls for a 19 percent cut in NIH funding and an unspecified “major reorganization” of NIH’s 27 institutes …read more

Via:: Truthout

      

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