Trump Puts Freeze On EPA

The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is unclear at this time whether the freeze concerns only new grants and contracts, or also includes the nearly $6.4 billion of federal contracts that the EPA currently has in place.  Myron Ebell, who ran the EPA transition team for the Trump administration said the freeze was instituted to make sure that Trump and his team have the opportunity to review all new grants, contracts or hires under the Agency.  Ebell pointed out that other administrations have instituted similar measures in the past. The freeze may also be intended to allow time for Scott Pruitt, Trumps nominee to head the EPA, to take control of the agency

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