Environment Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said Thursday he is trying to save the agency’s grant programs from being slashed as the EPA braces for major cuts under President Trump’s budget proposal.
Pruitt discussed his budget priorities for the agency at an annual conference of mayors Thursday in Washington. State and local governments rely on many of the grant programs he supports to improve water infrastructure and fund cleanups of waste that can lead to economic revitalization.
“I want you to know that with the White House and also with Congress, I am communicating a message that the brownfields program, the Superfund program, water infrastructure … are essential to protect,” Pruitt said. He added that the budget discussions are “just starting” in Congress, but there are already “some concerns about some of these grant programs that EPA has been a part of, historically,” Pruitt said.