EPA is overhauling its website to remove “outdated language” referring to Obama-era programs President Donald Trump has targeted for elimination, including virtually all mentions of climate change, the agency announced late Friday.
The agency eliminated climate change from a drop-down list of “Environmental Topics” displayed on its front page and took down a separateon the topic that had been up as recently as .
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The website changes had been expected, but environmentalists were unsettled.
“Cleansing has begun,” the Natural Resources Defense Council’s David Doniger. “Now only alternative facts.”
In a press release, EPA said it was removing references to the “so-called Clean Power Plan,” which the agency is reviewing in response to an executive order Trump signed last month. And it said it was reviewing content on the site related to climate change and regulations.
“As EPA renews its commitment to human health and clean air, land, and water, our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency,” J.P. Freire, an agency spokesman, said in a statement. “We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.”
The announcement came ahead of Saturday’s scheduled climate march, when thousands of people are expected to gather in Washington and other cities to protest Trump’s policies and call for action to address climate change.
EPA maintained links to archived versions of the Obama-era versions of the pages it took down.
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