"EPA To Be Hit Hard in Shutdown, Could Delay Renewable Fuel Standard"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance issued by the agency."

"Among those furloughed would be most workers at the Office of Air and Radiation, which is in charge of writing and implementing most of the EPA's major air pollution rules. The clock would also stop, for now, on the EPA's eagerly-awaited proposal on renewable fuel volume standards for 2014.

The EPA said its plan for dealing with a shutdown would classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential. These employees would continue to work if Congress fails to secure a budget deal by midnight Monday to avoid disruption to federal funding."

Valerie Volcovici reports for Reuters September 30, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Government Shutdown Would Force 94 Percent of EPA Staff To Stay Home" (Huffington Post)

"Interior: All National Parks Will Close During Shutdown" (Salt Lake Tribune)

"Government Shutdown Threat Sends Oil Prices Near Three-Month Low" (Christian Science Monitor)

"National Weather Service Would Continue Operating in Shutdown" (Capital Weather Gang)

"Expect 'Tlready Kind of Crappy' Morale To Go Downhill Fast, Former EPA Officials Warn" (Greenwire)

Source: Reuters, 10/01/2013