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Perlmutter Denounces Gag Order on EPA
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after the Trump Administration instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to temporarily suspend its contract and grant awards as well as issued a media blackout on all external communications from the federal agency:
“I’m troubled by recent reports that the Trump Administration has placed a gag order on the EPA essentially silencing employees. Furthermore, I will need to look into their suspension of new contracts and potentially delaying current contracts to understand the impact on Colorado. While the gag order on EPA external communications might be temporary, forcing them to operate in secret is not appropriate. The EPA is tasked with the important work of protecting all Americans from harmful pollutants and ensuring everyone have access to clean air and clean water. The EPA, and every other federal agency, should have the freedom to communicate openly with the public and continue their work serving Americans.”
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