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Top EPA Official Resigns, Says Trump Admin. 'Seriously Weakening' Agency

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 04:21 PM

A top veteran Environmental Protection Agency official has resigned, citing the budget cuts and deregulation push of the Trump administration.

In a letter of resignation posted by Town Hall, Elizabeth Southland, a 30-year veteran of the EPA who was director of science and technology in the agency's Office of Water, wrote that "the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth."

Her last day was Monday, and the news was announced in a press release from the Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility.

"There is no question the administration is seriously weakening EPA's mission by vigorously pursuing an industry deregulation approach and defunding implementation of environmental programs," she told the Washington Post.

Southerland was particularly critical of President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to the agency as well as the decision to repeal dozens of environmental regulations — decrying his "two for one" rule that for every new regulation added, two old ones must go.

"Should EPA repeal two existing rules protecting infants from neurotoxins in order to promulgate a new rule protecting adults from a newly discovered liver toxin?” she wrote. "Faced with such painful choices, the best possible outcome for the American people would be regulatory paralysis where no new rules are released so that existing protections remain in place."

She also called the agency one that been a "guiding light to make the 'right thing' happen for the greater good," and decried the current administration's move to change that.

"It may take a few years and even an environmental disaster, but I am confident that Congress and the courts will eventually restore all the environmental protections repealed by this administration because the majority of the American people recognize that this protection of public health and safety is right and it is just," Southerland said in conclusion.

An EPA spokesman was skeptical of the timing of the bitter resignation, Town Hall reported.

"It's hard to believe that Elizabeth Southerland is retiring because of a budget proposal and not because she's eligible for her government pension," the spokesman told subscription-only E&E News, Town Hall reported.

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