EPA Museum Being Adjusted to Reflect Trump Administration’s Priorities

The history of the EPA will look a little different once the updates are made.

July 31, 2017 10:59 am

Neither the EPA nor its history will be left untouched by the new administration.

A new museum on the history of the Environmental Protection Agency and its regulation is being updated to reflect the priorities of President Trump and his administration’s policies.

Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy created the museum as a testament to the agency’s 45 years of environmental work. Many of the exhibitions touted Obama-era policies like the Clean Power Plan and the Paris agreement, the Washington Post reports. The $300,000 gallery promotes topics that President Trump’s policies oppose, including climate change and reducing carbon emissions.

nvironmental Protection Agency exhibit
An Environmental Protection Agency exhibit addressing the work done since their inception over the decades entitled “The Story of the Environmental Protection Agency: Protecting Public Health and the Environment” at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC Tuesday May 16, 2017. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The Washington Post/Getty Images

So, the curators of the museum, which opened just days before Trump took office in January, will be updating its galleries to more prominently feature the new administration’s vision for the agency that’s now lead by Scott Pruitt.

The climate displays will be removed and an exhibit on coal may be added instead, according to the Washington Post. In addition, the museum will be adding displays for the Superfund program and a chemical regulation law that Pruitt helped write. Anne Gorsuch, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s mother, will be included in the museum after being the only EPA administrator to be omitted from its exhibit.

The InsideHook Newsletter.

News, advice and insights for the most interesting person in the room.