EPA Mission Tracker

EPA leadership under President Trump is 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 and harder to repair project: dismantling the agency’s ability to do its job.

EPA leadership 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.

Tracker Entries


ActionScience Advisory Board Draft Reports

OverviewEPA’s Science Advisory Board has released four draft reports that cast doubt on the science underlying four major proposed rules impacting clean water, mercury pollution from power plants, vehicle fuel efficiency, and scientific studies used to support regulations.

ActionMisrepresenting EPA’s Actions – the 2018 Year in Review

OverviewEPA’s 2018 Year in Review presents a snapshot of its "accomplishments." Despite EPA’s selective use of data points and actions, the report reveals how little it has done to advance the agency's public health mission and the extent to which it has worked to undermine it.

ActionTipping the Scales in Favor of Deregulation

OverviewThe agency has started to change the way that the benefits of pollution reduction are calculated and considered. These changes will shift cost-benefit analyses and can justify lowering standards and inaction.

ActionDisrupting the Process of Setting Health-Based Air Quality Standards

OverviewEPA is undermining the process for reviewing and potentially revising the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Ensuring these standards adequately protect public health is one of EPA's most important responsibilities under the Clean Air Act.

ActionMisleading on Climate Science

OverviewEPA distributed “talking points” to its regional offices instructing them to use language that casts doubt on the validity of climate change science.

ActionDiminishing Public Accountability

OverviewThe public’s ability to hold the agency accountable for protecting public health and the environment from pollution has been diminished.

ActionCurtailing High Quality Science

OverviewThe agency has changed the makeup of its advisory panels, jeopardizing the flow of objective advice from highly qualified scientists and experts to inform its policies.

ActionLimiting the Science EPA Considers

OverviewEPA has published the so-called "secret science" proposed rule. The proposal aims to change which scientific studies EPA will consider, which could undermine settled conclusions about the health impacts of air pollution.

ActionStepping Back From Air Program Enforcement

OverviewEPA has scaled back its ability to pursue air pollution enforcement. This parallels other changes in EPA’s enforcement policies, including a recent initiative focusing on the oil and gas industry.

ActionImpairing Critical Information-Gathering

OverviewEPA’s nationwide network of regional and field offices can no longer use their own authority to collect compliance information. Instead, they must seek approval from EPA headquarters before acting.