Trump administration orders EPA media blackout

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Mr Trump's administration has also announced a media blackout on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.

Emails sent to EPA staff detailed specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency's social media accounts.


It also ordered a "temporary suspension" of all new business activities at the department, including issuing task orders or work assignments to EPA contractors.

The orders were expected to have a significant and immediate impact on EPA activities nationwide.

"We're just trying to get a handle on everything and make sure what goes out reflects the priorities of the new administration," communications director for Mr Trump's EPA transition team Doug Ericksen said.