EPA Employees To Face Up To 13 Furlough Days
Posted: 03/04/2013 11:56 am EST | Updated: 03/04/2013 9:21 pm EST
Employees across the federal government face furloughs due to sequestration. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency may be forced to take unpaid leave for up to 13 days this year, as the federal government absorbs the $85 billion in sequestration budget cuts that went into effect on Friday.
Agency staff will begin to receive their furlough notices on Monday, according to a memo sent out to employees on Friday by Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe.
“Earlier this week you learned the details of the furloughs — up to 13 days (104 hours) until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013 — and our plan to review our budget status in June 2013 after the first phase of four furlough days (32 hours) to determine if there may be a way to reduce the number of furlough hours that would be required in the second phase,” Perciasepe wrote in the memo, provided to The Huffington Post by an EPA spokesperson. Continue reading “EPA Employees To Face Up To 13 Furlough Days”
Published: September 17, 2012
Russell E. Train, a renowned conservationist who played a central role in the creation of groundbreaking laws and effective enforcement in response to rising concerns about environmental protection in America, died on Monday at his farm in Bozman, Md. He was 92.
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Russell E. Train was E.P.A. administrator from 1973 to 1977.
His death was announced by Carter Roberts, the president of the World Wildlife Fund, which Mr. Train helped transform into a global force for conservation.
From 1969 to 1977, as Richard M. Nixon’s first chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and then as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under Gerald R. Ford, Mr. Train was among a select group of senior administration officials and Congressional leaders who shaped the world’s first comprehensive program for scrubbing the skies and waters of pollution, ensuring the survival of ecologically significant plants and animals, and safeguarding citizens from exposure to toxic chemicals.
Mr. Train was widely considered the father of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the cornerstone of all modern federal environmental legislation. Its signature provision was the look-before-you-leap requirement for federal agencies to prepare environmental impact statements before proceeding with any major project. Continue reading “Russell E. Train, Conservationist Who Helped Create the E.P.A., Dies at 92”