93+ Percent of EPA Workers Declared "Non-Essential," Furloughed

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More than nine out of every ten employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are considered "non-essential" and have been furloughed in the federal government's shutdown. 

Reuters obtained an EPA guidance in which the agency said it would "classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential," which is about 6.6% of the agency's workforce, in the event of a government shutdown, which occurred on Tuesday.