Swamp Draining: 700 EPA Employees Bolted From Agency Under Trump


Over 700 EPA employees left the agency under President Trump.

The progressive group Think Progress wrote about the departures at the EPA.

Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a decade.

According to agency documents and federal employment statistics, 770 EPA employees departed the agency between April and December, leaving employment levels close to Reagan-era levels of staffing. According to the EPA’s contingency shutdown plan for December, the agency currently has 14,449 employees on board — a marked change from the April contingency plan, which showed a staff of 15,219.

Bureaucrats at the EPA were emotionally upset when President Trump took office and his effort to cut the size of the agency only contributed to their initial concern.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Environmental Protection Agency employees have not accepted Donald Trump’s victory and are still “coming to work in tears” more than two months after the election.

“At EPA headquarters, the mood remains dark,” ProPublica reported Wednesday. “A longtime career communications employee said in a phone interview Tuesday that more than a few friends were ‘coming to work in tears’ each morning as they grappled with balancing the practical need to keep their jobs with their concerns for the issues they work on.”

Under former President Obama, the EPA was responsible for issuing regulations that contributed to bankruptcies at coal mining companies and the environmental disaster at the Gold King Mine in Colorado.