Pruitt Promises More Transparency at EPA


More transparency.

It’s what Scott Pruitt is promising as head of the EPA, according to a report by Radio Oklahoma Network’s Oklahoma Farm Report.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addressed over 300 members of the Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, and Alabama Farm Bureaus Wednesday, pledging his commitment to “providing America’s farmers with the transparency and regulatory certainty they deserve from Washington.”

In his remarks, Administrator Pruitt expounded on the Agency’s role in American agriculture, including the decision to begin the process of redefining the “Waters of the U.S.” rule, which will provide regulatory certainty for farmers and ranchers and prioritize keeping America’s water clean. He also discussed EPA’s outreach to states and the continued efforts to engage in cooperative federalism on issues affecting farmers and ranchers. Finally, Administrator Pruitt reiterated his continued commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standards and announced the Agency is on track to meet the November 30th statutory deadline for issuing the annual Renewable Volume Obligations.

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst said, “Missouri farmers and ranchers appreciate having an EPA Administrator who recognizes the role agriculture plays in protecting our environment. Administrator Pruitt is willing to work with the people on the front lines instead of against them. This is a welcome change, and we look forward to making progress on environmental policy with his team.”