People are leaving the agency left and right….
Who’s gonna be left to keep an eye on things as the agency lags in hiring new employee’s…..
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly lost eight percent of its staff in the first 18 months of President Trump‘s administration due to high numbers of departing staffers and a low number of new hires.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that nearly 1,600 workers left the EPA during that time, while fewer than 400 were hired. The agency’s employment has shrunk to its lowest levels since the Reagan administration, the Post noted.
According to data retrieved by the Post under a Freedom of Information Act request, the EPA has lost as many as 260 scientists, 106 engineers and 185 “environmental protection specialists,” numbers which include both longtime veterans of the department and less experienced employees.
The departures have raised fears of a loss of experience at the agency, the Post reported. According to the paper, a number of employees left their posts citing discontent with new policy directions under the Trump administration…