The Environmental Protection Agency will soon employ the lowest number of workers since the Ronald Reagan administration.
Hundreds of employees have accepted buyouts and taken early retirement since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to an EPA official.
Congress put a cap on the number of people the EPA can employ at 15,000 in the 2017 omnibus bill. By the end of September, the EPA will employ 14,459 people, with dozens still considering buyout offers.
Last month, 374 employees took buyouts. An additional 33 employees are retiring at the end of September, and 45 others are considering early retirement offers.