Category Archive: EPA

Inhofe’s Influence at EPA Grows

Make it at least five, maybe six former staffers of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe at the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee to move on to the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s clear the 82-year old republican Senator is having an impact on the giant agency he has criticized under the Obama administration.

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Environmental Group Claims Clean Power Plan Rollback Will Result in Job Losses

Environmentalists now claim the move by President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to kill the Clean Power Plan will cost the U.S. economy a chance to add 560,000 jobs and $52 billion in gross domestic product by 2030.

It’s the claim made by a national business group named Environmental Entrepreneurs which issued a …

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Pruitt’s Calendar Reveals Busy Schedule Full of Fossil Fuel Meetings

Administrator Scott Pruitt led a busy life as he settled into the top post at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to scheduling data released to E&E News late Thursday.

During his initial five weeks in office, Oklahoma’s former attorney general met with governors and energy leaders but failed to hold discussions with environmental …

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Congressmen Assure Pruitt his EPA Won’t Suffer Dramatic Budget Cuts

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt says there’s one way to make sure Superfund cleanups continue even with a 31 percent cut in funding for his agency’s budget.

His idea?  Make the polluters pay. It’s what he said in a recent TV interview.

“The great thing there is that there’s private funding. There are people out …

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Inhofe Says Pruitt’s Doing Right Thing in Delaying Methane Emissions Rule

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to delay compliance dates for the EPA’s oil and gas industry methane emissions standards is supported by Sen. Jim Inhofe.

“Our oil and gas industry was already voluntarily educing its methane emissions, which went down 40 percent between 2006 and 2012 without any federal intervention,” said the Senator. “I …

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Rep. Mullin Says Pruitt’s Right in Delaying Obama-Era Chemical Information Rules

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to delay implementation of some Obama administration Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act Rule is supported by Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin and Sen. Jim Inhofe.

Pruitt is delaying the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements by 20 months, rules that apply to chemicals. The Obama administration proposed the …

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EPA Gives States Another Year to Meet New Ozone Standards

No word yet how this might affect the state of Oklahoma, but the EPA this week notified governors that it’s delaying for another year any decision on which areas of the U.S. don’t meet the 2015 ozone standards.

Letters were sent to Gov. Mary Fallin and others from EPA Chief Scott Pruitt who said he …

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Pruitt Hit with Confrontational Interview on MSNBC

Things were so bumpy Tuesday for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, you couldn’t blame him to still be smarting over the appearance.

He was repeatedly interrupted by the hosts including Joe Scarborough who demanded a ‘yes or no’ answer from Pruitt to the question whether he …

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Democratic AGs Turn Table on EPA Chief Pruitt

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is beginning to get a taste of the kind of legal action he brought against the EPA when he was Oklahoma Attorney General.

A coalition of seven Democratic attorneys general filed a legal challenge this week of the EPA’s decision to delay new safety rules on a common …

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Pruitt Corrects Himself on Coal Claims

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s had to make some corrections to his Sunday morning TV talk show claims that the coal sector added almost 50,000 jobs since the fourth quarter.

On Monday, a spokeswoman for the agency said Pruitt was actually referring to the broader mining sector including other industries. His critics were quick to …

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