Trump’s EPA freeze raises questions about the future of S.C. environmental efforts

GREENVILLE JOURNAL, 27 JANUARY 2017, FEAT. PROF. NATHAN RICHARDSON:

While President Donald Trump’s temporary review of grants and contracts from the Environmental Protection Agency has ended, Upstate researchers and environmentalists are worried about what the new administration means for future efforts. That includes Greenville’s Upstate Forever, which recently received federal funding to improve the water quality of the Tyger River Watershed, which provides thousands of residents with drinking water.

On Monday, the new Republican administration instructed the EPA to temporarily stop issuing grants and contracts while it conducted a comprehensive review of the agency’s research and regulatory activities. The administration has since lifted the freeze, according to EPA spokesman Doug Ericksen.

The freeze gave the new administration time to review the $3.8 billion that the EPA has distributed to states for environmental projects. “As of now, nothing has been delayed. Nothing has been cut. There was simply a pause and everything’s up and running,” Ericksen told USA Today. However, another $100 million in grant money is still under review.

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