Category Archive: EPA

EPA Wins Right to Withhold Information in Some FOIA Requests

A Federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. has upheld the right of the EPA to withhold data on power plant wastewater discharges.

The ruling by the D.C. Circuit came in a challenge by the Environmental Integrity Project, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice. They claimed they were entitled to the data under a provision of …

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EPA’s Pruitt Assures Osage County Landowners of Pollution Plan

Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma Attorney General who now commands the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a visit to the state on Friday, reviewing environmental work in Osage County.

He came to inspect pollution discovered nearly a year ago at Bird Creek on the Chapman Ranch.

“It’s our agency doing what it’s supposed to do, …

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Methane Emissions Fight Developing Between Pruitt and Environmental Coalition

More than 60 environmental groups want EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to maintain approaching deadlines for oil and gas operators to cut their emissions of methane.

Representing conservation, health, labor and even faith groups, they sent a letter this week to Pruitt. They’re asking he keep in place the Obama-era standards requiring oil and …

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NY Times Article Prompts Senator to Make Demand of EPA Chief

The New York Times article targeting Scott Pruitt, Devon Energy and Sen. James Lankford for their environmental efforts got the attention of the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat from Delaware, sent a letter to Pruitt, the EPA Administrator wanting information about settlements between …

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Pruitt Tells Congressional Coal Caucus “War on Coal is Over”

“The war on coal is over.”  It’s what EPA Chief Scott Pruitt told the Congressional Coal Caucus on Monday as he met with members to discuss a Trump administration budget that cuts funding for environmental and climate protections.

Pruitt told the lawmakers that energy generators would not have to choose between pro-energy and pro-growth.

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Pruitt’s First 100 Days as Head of the EPA

 

As EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt observes 100 days in office, the national press has been exploring what he’s done to the giant agency.

Those who believe deeply in climate change think he’s been a disaster. Others, such as Business Insider compared Pruitt’s first 100 days to those of other administrators of the …

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$5 million EPA Grant to Help Quapaw Tribe with Tar Creek Cleanup

A $5 million grant has been made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma in its continued cleanup of the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeast Oklahoma.

The grant actually totaled $4,896,088 and the money will be used in continuing the remediation of contaminated soils from tribal lands.

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Pruitt Will Go ‘Face-to-Face’ in June with World Climate Leaders

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will travel to Italy early in June to attend a Group of Seven meeting. It’ll be a face-to-face meeting with environmental minister who strongly support international climate action.

Pruitt will meet with six of his foreign counterparts on June 10 and 11. They sharply oppose his views. Pruitt, the former …

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WSJ says “era of lawless environmental regulation is over” under Scott Pruitt

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt finally got some good press this week in the form of a Wall Street Journal editorial.

“EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is wasting no time broadcasting that an era of lawless environmental regulation is over,” wrote editors. “One of the best signals so far is the agency’s agreement last week to …

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President Nominates Chief of Enforcement at EPA

She was the top attorney for the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee when it was chaired by Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and now Susan Bodine has been tapped by the President to head the EPA’s enforcement division.

Bodine was the committee’s top attorney since January 2015. On Friday, President Trump announced her …

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