Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget

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This frame grab form video shows Myron Ebell during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington, Thursday, jan. 26, 2017. Ebell, the former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he ... expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.

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Myron Ebell left the transition team last week. Ebell says in an interview with The Associated Press that his specific proposals to the White House remain confidential.

But asked what he personally would like to see, Ebell replied that slashing the agency workforce by half would be a good start.

Ebell predicts the president may seek to cut about $1 billion from the EPA's $8 billion annual budget. He also says Trump likely will seek significant reductions to the agency's workforce of about 15,000 employees.

The transition staff at EPA has mandated a temporary media blackout and a freeze on contracts and grants.