Category: EPA

Opponents Appeal to Scott Pruitt’s Religious Beliefs

As EPA Administrator and former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt moves ahead with a proposed end to the Clean Power Plan, his opponents and detractors are taking a cue from Pruitt’s own practices. They’re resorting to religion. As E and E reporter Nina Heikkinen recently wrote, those who don’t want to see an end to …

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U.S. EPA Adds Midwest City’s Abandoned Eagle Industries Site to Superfund List

A contaminated former industrial site in Midwest City was added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s national priorities list for Superfund sites on Tuesday, according to a news report by The Oklahoman. As previously reported by OK Energy Today, the Eagle Industries site was located southeast of Oklahoma City at 10901 SE 29th in Midwest …

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Pruitt’s Planned Trip to Israel Raising Eyebrows

A trip to Israel later this month planned by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is definitely catching the attention of his Democratic critics, the same ones who have pelted him with request after request over his decisions. “Perhaps he figured out ways to help Israeli polluters,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the U.S. Senate …

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Democratic Attorneys General Ask Congress Not to Cut EPA Funding

A dozen Democratic attorneys general have written congressional leaders in opposition to what they call “deep and damaging proposed cuts” to the Environmental Protection Agency’s fiscal 2018 budget. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller was one of the 12 who also wrote they were opposed to “the anti-environmental riders contained in the federal government appropriation legislation.” …

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Scientists Barred from EPA Advisory Panels Sue Pruitt Over his Ban

  EPA chief Scott Pruitt finds himself facing another lawsuit. This one has been filed by scientific advocacy groups and individuals who disagree with his ban of scientists sitting on EPA advisory committees if they have received EPA grants. In their lawsuit filed in D.C. federal court, the groups claim his ban violates federal rules …

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GOP Reps Want to Know How Pruitt Came up With Superfund Site Priority List

Even some top House Republicans have some questions for EPA Chief Scott Pruitt. They sit on the Energy and Commerce Committee and recently sent him a letter wondering how he came up with the new list of top 21 priority Superfund sites. Representatives Greg Walden, Fred Upton and John Shimkus wrote Pruitt in recent days …

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New Regional EPA Administrator Not Inclined to Blame Humans for Climate Change

Just 10 days after being nominated as the Region 6 Administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency in Dallas and Anne Idsal has made comments environmentalists might not appreciate. Maybe they expected her to tell the Dallas Morning News she’s much like EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt when it comes to blaming humans on any climate change. …

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Clean Air Act on the Chopping Block

If the regulatory agenda announced this week by President Trump are carried out, the Clean Air Act so strongly fought by Scott Pruitt when he was Oklahoma Attorney General will be history in ten years. In short, the plan is on the chopping block. “We’re lifting restrictions on American energy, and we’ve ended the war …

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Pruitt’s Trip to Morocco Costs Taxpayers $40,000

  EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s facing criticism for flying off to Morocco this week with four staffers on a trip that cost taxpayers some $40,000. He made the trip to encourage the North African kingdom to import liquefied natural gas from the United States. But Democrats and advocacy groups immediately questioned the need of the …

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Tar Creek to Get Immediate EPA Attention in New National List

Oklahoma’s Tar Creek Superfund site is one of 21 sites on a newly-released list targeted for immediate and intense attention from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released the list in direct response to the Superfund Task Force Recommendations issued this past summer. “By elevating these sites, we are sending a message …

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