Bay Area environmentalists say they’re appalled by the Trump administration’s freeze on business activities and communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The White House instituted a temporary media blackout on the EPA Tuesday and also halted the awarding of new contracts and grants. Jared Blumenfeld, former Western regional manager of the EPA, called the move extremely troubling.
"This is no joke," Blumenfeld said. "This isn’t political theater that sounds terrible but isn't. This is really, really bad."
Blumenfeld said freezing funds to contractors and local governments could have a devastating impact on everything from toxic cleanup at the state’s 94 Superfund sites to ensuring safe drinking water.