Former senior administrator, Mustafa Ali, was responsible for directing the agency’s actions at protecting minority communities. He stepped down in a letter to Scott Pruitt, EPA administrator, voicing concerns for Pruitt’s plans on gutting the project.
Ali helped found the program in 1992 and is now trying to get out before democrats and activists start protesting the agency’s reduced impact under the Trump administration.
The EPA will undergo a budget cut of approximately $2 billion of their $8 billion budget, which will in turn cut their staff by 20%. Ali’s department’s funding would have decreased by 78%, going from almost $7 million to only $1.5 million.
From Young Conservatives:
One of the best things about Donald Trump being president is that the EPA is finally going to be put in check. For years, the EPA has been running amok killing thousands of jobs with unnecessary regulations while also getting themselves caught up in several scandals. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s been a mess. We have seen reports that EPA employees were in tears when Trump won. Good. They should be nervous. Now, a top EPA official has resigned.
From Daily Caller:
The head of the EPA’s environmental justice program resigned Thursday over concerns President Donald Trump might slash funding for the 24-year-old project. Mustafa Ali, a former senior to the administrator responsible for directing the agency’s actions protecting minority communities, stepped down in a letter to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. He also voiced concern the Pruitt plans on gutting the project. “I wonder if our new leadership has had the opportunity to converse with those who need our help the most,” Ali wrote in the memo. “I strongly encourage you and your team to continue promoting agency efforts to validate these community’s concerns, and value their lives.” Ali, who helped found the program in 1992, leaves as Democrats and activists continue to bicker about the agency’s reduced impact during the Trump-era. Recent reports indicate Trump will cut the EPA’s $8 billion budget by $2 billion and cut the agency’s beefy staff by 20 percent. Funding for Ali’s department in particular would decrease 78 percent, from $6.7 million to $1.5 million, according to a report published earlier this week by The Oregonian.