EPA Mission Tracker

EPA administrators under President Trump are removing, weakening, and delaying many rules that protect public health and the environment. As a result, the agency is on a “reverse mission.” Instead of working to deliver environmental and public health protections, the Trump EPA is allowing higher levels of pollution for longer periods of time. EPA leadership is also undertaking a larger project that will be more difficult to reverse: dismantling the agency’s ability to do its job.

The Trump EPA is undermining the agency’s capacity to develop, implement, and enforce effective programs that reduce pollution and serve vital public needs. These efforts will leave behind a regime that delivers fewer reductions in harmful pollutants and an agency that lacks the institutional tools to protect public health and the environment.

Can EPA maintain its mission? See below for our updated posts describing changes to critical processes that enable the agency to carry out its mission at the intersection between public health, science, and the environment. For more information on EPA’s rulemaking process, visit our overview page here.

Science

The Trump EPA has jeopardized EPA’s standing as an expert agency and its ability to take science-based actions. EPA leadership has replaced qualified experts on its advisory committees, proposed excluding important science from its decision-making, changed its regulatory benefit calculations, and limited the scientific information it shares with the public.

Public Health

EPA is not protecting human health to the best of its ability. Agency leadership is undermining the review process for air pollution standards that are essential to public health- the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Accountability

EPA is making it more difficult for the public to hold the agency accountable for protecting public health and the environment.

Enforcement & Compliance

EPA is changing its compliance and enforcement policies and how it collects monitoring information. These actions decrease the overall effectiveness of EPA’s programs and regulations.