Category: EPA

EPA releases Scott Pruitt’s denial of receiving perks while head of the agency

Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt says he never received any special gifts or perks while he was in office.  It’s what the Environmental Protection Agency says as it released the former Oklahoma Attorney General’s 2017 financial disclosure report. But the Associated Press reported there were some claimed perks that Pruitt did not claim in his …

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EPA grants $115,000 to Oklahoma’s Quapaw Tribe

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $115,000 to the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, as part of the General Assistance Program (GAP). The tribe will use the funds to administer their environmental program and assist in the development of multimedia programs to address environmental issues. “Supporting our tribal partners is essential in achieving sustained environmental protection …

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Pruitt’s trip to Rome cost more than reported

  Even after leaving office as Administrator of the EPA, Scott Pruitt continues to draw the ire of environmental groups. The latest is a report by the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project which says documents about Pruitt’s June 2017 trip to Italy cost taxpayers a third more than previously reported. It had previously been reported that …

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EPA to review Pruitt’s last major move at the agency

After releasing a report critical of the $3.5 million spent on round-the-clock security protection for former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,  the EPA’s Office of Inspector General isn’t finished with Pruitt’s actions. Next up? Glider vehicle emissions testing conducted by the EPA in 2017 under Pruitt. The audit follows complaints from Congressional Republicans that the agency …

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IG report says Pruitt was wrong for adding extra bodyguards

Scott Pruitt’s claims of a need for additional protection while he was Administrator of the Environmental Protection agency were not justified according to a report released by the EPA’s Inspector General on Tuesday. The IG issued the report entitled “EPA Asserts Statutory Law Enforcement Authority to Protect its Administrator but Lacks Procedures to Assess Threats …

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EPA moves ahead with regional haze plan that could affect southern Oklahoma

Efforts of the EPA to override an Obama-era plan to curb haze-forming sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants in Texas could end up affecting the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Oklahoma. That’s because the Texas haze plan was meant in part to curb the haze that made its way north into southern Oklahoma. …

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Polymer plant operator fined by EPA

Operators of a polymer plant in Louisiana have agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice to pay $365,500 in civil penalties for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Region 6 office of the EPA in Dallas announced the agreement was reached with the Certain Teed Lake Charles Polymer …

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EPA calls off hearings for changes in vehicle efficiency standards

Public hearings slated for three major cities by the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss proposals to weaken vehicle efficiency standards have been cancelled. The EPA called off the hearings for Washington, D.C., Detroit and Los Angeles after it announced another proposed change to the Obama-era carbon pollution rule. Word of the change of plans was …

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EPA Attorney who gave Scott Pruitt ethics advice is leaving the agency

The EPA attorney who made some controversial ethics decisions for former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is leaving the agency in the coming weeks. Kevin Minoli, EPA’s principal deputy general counsel and designated agency ethics official plans to leave the agency at the end of September and join a Washington D.C. law firm. “I made this …

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Court throws out new coal ash disposal rules offered by Trump EPA

It’s unclear how a new federal court ruling will impact Oklahoma’s power over coal ash disposal, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has thrown out some Trump administration rules saying they weren’t stringent enough. The ruling came in a fight by environmental groups against the actions of the Trump …

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