President Donald Trump has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency, barring officials from posting updates to social media and speaking to reporters.
According to emails sent to EPA staff, all incoming media requests would be “screened” by the administration, while the administration banned press releases, blog updates, and posts to agency social media accounts.
Other federal agencies – the US Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services – have been ordered to halt “any correspondence to public officials”.
The Trump administration previously ordered a “temporary suspension” of grants to the EPA, stopping new business activity. The action is expected to have an immediate impact on nationwide EPA projects.
After an anonymous source notified an official on Capitol Hill with concerns of the agency freeze, ProPublica confirmed that the new administration had taken such actions.
The source from the Hill told the Huffington Post that anonymous contact from an agency staffer was rather odd.