If the EPA is forced to continue cutting corners, the chances of a horrifying environmental disaster will only grow and every child, from Alaska to Maine to Tennessee, and everywhere in between, deserves to grow up with clean water, food and air.

Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund

Scott Pruitt is Changing EPA’s Mission from Protecting Public Health to Protecting Industry

The Environmental Protection Agency made news recently for excluding reporters from a “summit” meeting on chemical contamination in drinking water. Episodes like this are symptoms of a larger problem: an ongoing, broad-scale takeover of the agency by industries it regulates.

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Pruitt Must Go, and the Trump Destruction of Nature and People Must Stop

We’ve seen over the past year and more that Pruitt’s reason d’etre at EPA is to take down environmental rules and regulations that are deemed a limit to the “freedom” of capitalist businesses to gut nature to maximize profitability. Pruitt was appointed by Trump for this despicable work because of his resume as Oklahoma Attorney General attacking the very things the EPA is supposed to protect-clean air, water, soil, wildlife, people’s health and ecosystems, etc.

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Scott Pruitt Continues to Destroy the Environment

Let me count the ways that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is destroying the environment.

Here are just a few: Under EPA chief Scott Pruitt, the agency decided to ignore scientific evidence and not ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide known to have caused serious health problems in the past. That was last year.

In January 2018 the EPA officially decided to revoke the Clean Air Policy, allowing for more pollution.

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Americans Need a Strong U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Since the EPA was established in 1970 “to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection,” the Agency has been a powerful leader in the clean-up of polluted water, air and land. From reducing auto emissions, to banning several dangerous pesticides, to increasing recycling, EPA led the way. The air we breathe is much cleaner as a result. Toxic pollutants have been reduced, including such deadly threats as mercury, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. Countless citizens have been spared premature death and debilitating disease.

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Focus on Pruitt’s Scandals Obscures Environmental Degradation Under Trump

Scott Pruitt sure is busy these days. The climate change-denying head of the Environmental Protection Agency has been renting out a DC condo on the cheap from an energy lobbyist; installing a $43,000 soundproof booth for his telephone calls; passing out improper pay raises to aides; jet-setting around the world on first-class flights; hitting up Disneyland and the Rose Bowl with his oversized $3 million, 20-person security detail; receiving police escorts to trendy DC restaurant Le Diplomate; and even having a fancy dinner in Rome with Vatican treasurer, climate denier and recently charged child sexual abuser George Pell.

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One Year After Trump’s Paris Ignorance, Climate Progress Still Being Made

Attending the Paris climate conference in December 2015 is one of the major highlights of my climate activism career. Being with so many amazing people from around the world left me inspired and energized. And while I was greatly disappointed that Trump intends to withdraw the U.S. from that historic international climate agreement, one year after that move we’re still making some phenomenal progress against climate change — especially in reducing our reliance on coal, which was our biggest source of climate pollution for decades.

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Why the EPA Let a Pesticide Violator Off Easy

In January 2016, a subsidiary of the agro-giant Syngenta allegedly sprayed the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos on a field on a Hawaii farm. Because the pesticide is so potent, workers are required to wear protective gear when working with or near it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Syngenta failed to warn its workers of the presence of this neurotoxin. As a result, 10 employees had to be taken to the hospital. The following year, the company allegedly allowed unprepared workers onto a chlorpyrifos-treated field again.

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The Attack on our Clean Cars is the Biggest Scandal at the EPA

In spite of the seemingly endless string of scandals that have been emanating from the Environmental Protection Agency recently, some of the most jaw-dropping news stories have been about attacks on America’s clean car standards — a popular program that saves families at the pump and gives us cleaner air. The Trump administration’s attempt to rollback those standards has now spurred a multi-state legal challenge in response.

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Scott Pruitt is Unfit to Run the EPA

Scott Pruitt’s ethical tone deafness has, ironically, come across loud and clear. The rule he signed targeting what he called “secret science” serves as yet further evidence of his inability to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with ethical integrity. In fact, the new rule is a surefire way to kill science at the agency as it de-incentivizes the private sector to share proprietary studies with the EPA.

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EPA Chief Pruitt Even Violates His Own Principles

With Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s job now hanging in the balance, it is a good time to recall that, just after his Senate confirmation, he gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that emphasized the three principles he said would stand at “the heart of how we do business at the EPA”: process, rule of law, and federalism.

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Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Play by the Rules—and He Still Can’t Win

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is in trouble. Reporters are shining light on his ties to lobbyists and excessive use of taxpayer dollars for his own benefit. Meanwhile environmental groups have been seeing the fruits of their labor in recent weeks as lawsuits filed in the past year are leading to a wave of major court victories against Pruitt and the Trump administration.

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What is Scott Pruitt So Afraid Of?

It’s hard to keep up with the cascade of new articles about Pruitt’s unprecedented security arrangements without refreshing one’s news feed every, say, five seconds (see the indispensable reporting of the New York Times’ Eric Lipton; the good folks at E&E News have also been all over this story).

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