By Mike Riggs | 3/18/17 06:06:02 As President Donald Trump seeks to reduce federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, the White House is considering cutting the agency’s science and innovation funding by $1 billion, according to multiple administration officials.
The proposed budget, which the White Senate will review Monday, would cut the agency by about a third of its current funding level, from $6.6 billion to $4.5 billion.
That would be the largest cut to the agency in nearly 20 years, and would also be the first time in its history that the agency has been cut by more than a third.
A recent analysis by the Office of Management and Budget found that the Trump administration would lose $1 trillion over 10 years due to the proposed cuts.
The OMB analysis did not provide specific funding estimates for NOAA, but said that a “small but significant reduction” would be necessary for the agency to survive.
In the budget document, the administration said that NOAA has “failed to adequately address the impacts of climate change and its impacts on marine ecosystems and the U.S. economy.”
The OMA report, which was commissioned by the administration, found that climate change was a “major threat” to marine ecosystems in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
It said the agency failed to address ocean acidification and the impact of rising sea levels on coastal communities.
The agency’s Office of Ocean Sciences has been a focus of the Trump campaign and the White Congress for years, particularly as a key component of the EPA’s response to the Zika virus outbreak.
It has faced a number of scientific controversies over its research on climate change.
A number of Trump administration officials have defended the agency, saying it is the most accurate in the country, citing its scientific expertise and research on ocean acidity and the impacts it has on coastal residents.
“We are deeply grateful to the OMA for their hard work and leadership,” said Acting EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a statement.
“The OMA’s work is a critical component of EPA’s mission and is instrumental in keeping us safe in the face of global climate change.”
In a statement, NOAA said that the budget would not affect the agency “as it relates to NOAA mission, activities and operations.”