Category Archive: EPA

Pruitt’s Travel Costs Nagging His Administration

Long before U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned over his travel scandal, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was under the same kind of scrutiny.

However, Pruitt’s use of non-commercial flights totals $58,000 and not the nearly $1 million run up by Price before he was forced out of office last …

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Scott Pruitt’s “Cone of Silence” at EPA

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s latest plan to build a $25,000 secure phone booth in his office reminds some of the “cone of silence” on the old TV show “Get Smart.”

The agency under the direction of the former Oklahoma Attorney General signed a $24,570 contract a few months ago to construct a secure, sound-proof …

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Security Costs Grow for EPA’s Scott Pruitt

The cost of providing security and protection for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has grown to more than $800,000 since he took office.

The Washington Post reports the $832,735.40 spent on the protection detail in the first three months for the former Oklahoma Attorney General was nearly double that of his predecessors. …

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Power Groups Want Greenhouse Regulation

Among several energy companies calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases instead of doing away with the Clean Power Plan is one with Oklahoma operations.

Excel Energy Inc. is a member of the Coalition for Innovative Climate Solutions, a group that met this week with EPA officials to talk about how …

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EPA’s Pruitt Visits Flood-Damaged Superfund Sites in Texas

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt got his first-hand look over the weekend at the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

He toured the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site on Friday and got a briefing from on-the-ground EPA response personnel. While he toured the site, an EPA dive team carried …

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Confirmation Hearing for Scott Pruitt’s EPA General Counsel

When Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and others on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meet Wednesday, it’ll be for a confirmation hearing for the likely next general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Matt Leopold fits the mold of Scott Pruitt, the EPA Administrator who sued the Obama administration over its Clean …

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Pruitt Orders EPA to Reconsider Obama-era Coal Ash Rule

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says his agency will reconsider key parts of the Obama administration rule covering the handling of coal ash.

It comes after an industry trade group filed suit asking the agency to take another look at the rule which considers coal ash, or as the EPA calls it Coal Combustion Residuals, …

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EPA Begins Investigation into Arkema Plant Disaster Near Houston

The EPA has started investigating the chemical plant disaster that followed Hurricane Harvey flooding near Houston.

It has made a request of the French company that owns the Arkema Inc. facility where chemicals exploded and caught fire. Reports indicate the Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to determine whether there might have been violations of …

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Appeals Court Puts Another Regional Haze Plan on Hold

A government regional haze plan that would have required major upgrades to two coal-fired power plants in Utah has been put on hold by the Denver federal appeals court, the same court that rules in cases involving Oklahoma.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put the plan on hold as the judges indicated …

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Pruitt on Irma—-Now’s Not the Time to Discuss Climate Change

Before Hurricane Irma became the second major hurricane to hit the U.S. in  two weeks on Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extended a fuel waiver for 38 states through the end of the month.

The waiver focuses on summer reformulated fuel requirements through Sept. 30 said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in an interview.

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