Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON | Ousted EPA head Pruitt denies getting improper gifts, income

WASHINGTON— Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former Environmental Protection Agency chief, denied on Wednesday that he had obtained any extraordinary gifts or income as a result of his Cabinet-level post, and dismissed allegations he received perks ranging from sport tickets to a job for his wife. The EPA on Wednesday released Pruitt’s financial disclosure report for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ousted EPA head Pruitt denies getting improper gifts, income

SAN FRANCISCO  | California sues over Trump halt to truck pollution rule

SAN FRANCISCO  — California and 14 other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday over its decision to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting pollution from trucks. The July 6 decision by the Trump EPA was illegal and could put thousands of additional highly polluting trucks on the roads, the states and the … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO  | California sues over Trump halt to truck pollution rule

WASHINGTON | EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition

WASHINGTON  — Democratic lawmakers are joining scientists in denouncing an industry-backed proposal to dramatically limit what kind of science the Environmental Protection Agency can consider in rule-making. The opposition is coming at a Washington public hearing Tuesday on a rule proposed by former EPA chief Scott Pruitt. The rule would allow EPA administrators to throw … Continue reading WASHINGTON | EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition

California News: CA Attorney General Becerra Leads Coalition in Calling for Immediate Halt to Former EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Parting Gift to Polluters

SACRAMENTO, CA — Leading a coalition of 13 Attorneys General, the California Air Resources Board, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday submitted a LETTER to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanding the immediate withdrawal of an order issued on now-departed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s final day in office.  … Continue reading California News: CA Attorney General Becerra Leads Coalition in Calling for Immediate Halt to Former EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Parting Gift to Polluters

WASHINGTON  | EPA’s relief and worries after scandal-plagued chief’s exit

WASHINGTON  —Taking over from an ambitious predecessor known for seeking out the rich, powerful and conservative, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly named acting chief has promised to reach out to anxious staffers throughout the demoralized agency and to lawmakers of both political parties. By late afternoon Friday, there had been no public comment from either … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | EPA’s relief and worries after scandal-plagued chief’s exit

WASHINGTON | Worry and relief at EPA after scandal-plagued chief’s exit

WASHINGTON — Former top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency describe both relief and worry at the agency in the wake of administrator Scott Pruitt‘s departure. President Donald Trump announced Pruitt’s departure Thursday, saying Pruitt had decided months of ethics scandals were distracting from the agency’s work. Newly named acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler is … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Worry and relief at EPA after scandal-plagued chief’s exit

WASHINGTON | Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Senate Democrats asked Scott Pruitt on Monday for details about a new legal defense fund to help the Environmental Protection Agency administrator as he weathers a series of federal ethics investigations. Pruitt confirmed at a Senate hearing last week that people he did not identify have created the legal defense fund … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

WASHINGTON | Pruitt rescinding safety rules prompted by fatal plant blast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt moved Thursday to rescind a series of safety measures proposed for chemical plants nationwide after a deadly blast at a Texas fertilizer plant. Pruitt signed a significantly revised slate of rules from the Obama era on safety and risk management at 12,500 U.S. facilities, including chemical … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pruitt rescinding safety rules prompted by fatal plant blast