President Donald Trump’s administration proposed $2.8 billion in spending on environmental protection over 10 years on Thursday, including $5.2 billion on a new air quality enforcement program and $2 million for public Works and Government Services.
The proposed spending comes after a year of unprecedented environmental spending and a lack of resources.
The Environmental Protection Agency budget for fiscal year 2019, the most recent available, is $3.3 billion, or $541 per person.
The federal government’s total spending on federal agencies, which includes programs such as the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, is about $12.7 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
But the spending plan does not include an increase for the EPA budget.
Instead, the proposed spending is $1.9 billion, which would increase the budget by $1 billion over the next 10 years.
Trump’s budget includes $5 million for an air quality investigation and $7.4 million for a public works program to reduce road accidents and prevent property damage, as well as $1 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist local emergency management agencies with emergency preparedness.
The plan also proposes an additional $1 to $2 for every $1 spent on federal programs and programs for states.
Trump said during his inauguration address that the federal government should focus on reducing the “unacceptable pollution” from coal-fired power plants.
Trump pledged to eliminate “the most destructive air pollution, which has devastated our air and water, and is causing a coronavirus epidemic.”
He has pledged to phase out the coal industry by 2025, but environmentalists and other critics have raised questions about the plan.
The proposal includes $2 to $4 billion for the Clean Air Task Force, a new program that would coordinate efforts to curb air pollution from power plants, according the proposal.
Trump announced in December that the government would spend $1 trillion over the first 10 years to combat climate change.
Trump and Democrats have called for an increase in federal spending on the Environmental Protection Act, a law that established the EPA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Department.
The bill Trump unveiled in January called for a $100 billion increase in the federal budget over 10 year periods.