EPA could shut down in absence of budget deal, McCarthy says

The day-to-day duties performed by the Environmental Protection Agency could grind to a halt without a congressional deal to prevent a government shutdown, Administrator Gina McCarthy said. This news comes on the heels of last week’s release of draft regulations for future power plant emissions.

According to a report by the Associated Press, a looming shutdown would leave the EPA unable to pay its staff, leaving behind a skeleton crew of core employees authorized to respond to emergencies only.

Responsibilities such as rulemaking, comment solicitations and code enforcement would cease in the event of a government shutdown.

Congress has until October 1, 2013 to approve a funding plan.

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