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Staff exodus hits EPA under Trump: 'I could do better work to protect the environment outside'

Staff exodus hits EPA under Trump: 'I could do better work to protect the environment outside'

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency "in almost every form. We're going to have little tidbits left, but we're going to take a tremendous amount out."

As president, he is making headway on that promise.

During the first 18 months of the Trump administration, records show, nearly 1,600 workers left the EPA, while fewer than 400 were hired. The exodus has shrunk the agency's workforce by 8 percent, to levels not seen since the Reagan administration. The trend has continued even after a major round of buyouts last year and despite the fact that the EPA's budget has remained stable.

Those who have resigned or...

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