Anybody have any idea of how many actual employees the EPA has? I have a feeling that they don’t have many and could be eliminated without putting a lot of people out of work.
What do you propose as a body to make sure companies and businesses do not pollute?
I don’t trust self-regulation in this area at all.
As per wiki on a budget of 10.5 billion The EPA employs 17,000 people in headquarters program offices, 10 regional offices, and 27 laboratories across the country. More than half of its staff are engineers, scientists, and environmental protection specialists; other groups include legal, public affairs, financial, and computer specialists.
“If we take a look at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget planned for 2010 we can see a substantial increase compared to 2009. EPA’s budget will be huge $10,5 billion which is not only the highest EPA budget in history of this organization, but the clear sign that U.S. really wants to fund green projects as much as possible. EPA’s budget for 2009 was only $7.1 billion.”
Wikipedia (best source I could find) says 17,000 employees. Bloated is not even the word for this agency.