Environment & Energy Report

EPA Furloughs if No Deal This Week: Wheeler (1)

Dec. 27, 2018, 8:07 PMUpdated: Dec. 27, 2018, 8:49 PM

EPA employees will be furloughed beginning Saturday if Congress and President Donald Trump can’t reach a deal by then to extend funding for about one-quarter of the government.

The Environmental Protection Agency has enough funding to continue running only through the end of this week, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrote in a Dec. 27 email sent to agency employees, and obtained by Bloomberg Environment.

“However, in the event an appropriation is not passed by midnight Friday, December 28th, EPA will initiate orderly shutdown procedures,” Wheeler wrote. “Should a shutdown occur, employees will be placed on furlough.”

The administrator didn’t...

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