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  • Has Scott Pruitt Brought Armageddon to the EPA?

    02/06/2018 7:13:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2018 | Calvin Beisner
    According to two former Administrators, current federal Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has set the agency back by anything from several years to as much as three decades due to “regulatory rollbacks, mass attrition and budget cuts.” That sounds ominous. It isn’t. At present EPA is operating under FY2017 funding levels. While projected FY2018 funding cuts will be substantial, they have not yet taken place. The FY2018 budget’s 28% reduction for the Superfund program and $427 million cut to geographic programs such as the Great Lakes, Puget Sound, and Chesapeake Bay are reasons for concern. But EPA is known...
  • Scott Pruitt’s First Year Set The EPA Back Anywhere From A Few Years To 3 Decades

    01/20/2018 10:13:26 AM PST · by yoe · 78 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | January 20, 2018 | Alexander C. Kaufman
    Shortly after taking office, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt set out to permanently limit the agency’s regulatory power in what he billed as a “Back to Basics” agenda focusing on cleaning up toxic waste and providing safe drinking water ― but not curbing new industrial pollution.
  • Report: Consultant Investigating Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Inside EPA

    12/17/2017 4:18:09 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Katherine Rodriguez
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired a top consultant to investigate the agency’s employees who criticize the Trump administration. Allan Blutstein, a vice president at the opposition research firm Definers Public Affairs, reportedly filed dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the agency over the past year to find dirt on agency employees who criticized the EPA or the Trump administration while on the clock, the New York Times revealed. “I wondered if they were emailing critical things about the agency on government time and how frequently they were corresponding about this,” Blutstein told the Times in an...
  • Here's How Many People Have Left the EPA Since Scott Pruitt Took Over [Winning!]

    12/16/2017 10:10:38 AM PST · by Simon Foxx · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/16/2017 | Courtney O'Brien
    The Environmental Protection Agency has shrunk considerably since Scott Pruitt took over as administrator. In fact, the agency is back to President Reagan-era staff levels. Over 700 EPA personnel have either retired, quit, or taken voluntary buyouts since Pruitt took over...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Records from EPA Showing Obama Agency’s Illegal Use of Social Media...

    11/27/2017 12:00:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 27, 2017
    Full title: Judicial Watch Obtains Records from EPA Showing Obama Agency’s Illegal Use of Social Media Platform for Propaganda ‘I don’t want it to look like EPA used our own social media accounts to reach our support goal’ – EPA Director of Web Communications (Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch obtained 900-pages of documents from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which reveal the agency’s use of the mass-sharing Thunderclap social media platform to covertly promote its policies in violation of federal law. The documents show that EPA staffers, via the Thunderclap platform, recruited outside groups to lobby in support of the...
  • EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Ends ‘Abusive’ Obama ‘Sue & Settle’ Policy

    10/17/2017 8:55:37 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/16/2017 | Sean Moran
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt ended the agency’s “sue and settle” policy Monday, criticizing “regulation through litigation” as wrong and “abusive.” “The days of regulation through litigation are over,” said Administrator Pruitt. “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the Agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress. Additionally, gone are the days of routinely paying tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle.” Under previous administrations, particularly...
  • EPA poised to formally repeal Clean Power Plan in major blow to Obama’s climate legacy

    10/06/2017 11:49:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to soon formally repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in what would be one of the biggest blows yet to former President Barack Obama’s legacy on climate change. A draft proposal of the EPA’s conclusions, leaked to news outlets over the past 24 hours, argues that the plan — which would limit carbon emissions from power plants and, in the process, drastically reduce the amount of coal-generated electricity in the U.S. — goes beyond the bounds of federal law and unnecessarily hikes energy prices for consumers. ~snip~ “The EPA is proposing to repeal the...
  • Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

    09/27/2017 4:03:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 5:05 PM EDT | Brian Witte
    Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s ozone problem originates in upwind states. Maryland petitioned the EPA in November for a finding that 36 power plant units in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are emitting air pollution affecting Maryland in violation of the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor provision.” In January, the EPA issued a six-month extension to...
  • Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

    09/19/2017 7:37:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2017 8:09 PM EDT | Dan Elliott and Michael Biesecker
    Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday. Such work is at a standstill or moving slowly on at least four Superfund sites where “human exposure is not under control,” according to a report from the EPA’s inspector general. That means contamination at the sites is unsafe for humans and there is a reasonable expectation that people may be exposed to it, the report said. The report comes as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has...
  • Hundreds of EPA Workers Leave in Recent Days

    09/07/2017 6:21:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 59 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 5, 2017 | Timothy Puko
    WASHINGTON—Nearly 400 workers have left the Environmental Protection Agency in recent days, the agency said Tuesday, a wave of departures that soon could take the agency’s staffing to its lowest point in almost 30 years. The departures come primarily from buyouts offered as part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to fulfill a campaign promise of “tremendous cutting” at the EPA. His budget proposal in March suggested a 31% funding cut that would result in approximately 3,200 fewer jobs at the agency. The voluntary buyouts were offered in June to more than 1,200 workers. Almost a third of those eligible took...
  • EPA Colluded with Monsanto to Slow Safety Review of the Herbicide Glyphosate (Under Obama)

    08/21/2017 12:20:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Organi ^ | AUGUST 21, 2017 | Emily Monaco
    Multiple EPA officials colluded with Monsanto to slow a safety review of the company’s glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup, according to email communications obtained by Freedom of Information Act requests. Monsanto officials first reached out to the EPA in early 2015 regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s planned toxicology review of the herbicide, which the CDC said would be published by October 2015. This review has yet to be published, something EcoWatch notes was “no accident, no bureaucratic delay, but rather was the result of a collaborative effort between Monsanto and a group of high-ranking EPA officials.” The emails, sent...
  • Court Blocks EPA Effort to Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule

    07/03/2017 3:10:07 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 72 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | July 3, 2017 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON — Dealing another legal blow to the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot suspend an Obama-era rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells.The 2-to-1 decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is the first major legal setback for Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, who is trying to roll back dozens of Obama-era environmental regulations. The ruling signals that President Trump’s plans to erase his predecessor’s environmental record are likely to face an uphill battle in the courts.
  • Trump’s Pick for DOJ Top Environmental Attorney Has a Vast Anti-Climate Record [Winning!]

    06/09/2017 10:24:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | June 8, 2017 | By John H. Cushman Jr. and Marianne Lavelle
    Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a lawyer who has repeatedly challenged the scientific foundations of U.S. climate policy and was part of a legal team that represented BP in lawsuits stemming from the nation’s worst oil spill, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, was nominated by President Donald Trump on Tuesday to serve as the Justice Department’s top environmental lawyer. “When did America risk coming to be ruled by foreign scientists and apparatchiks at the United Nations?” Clark demanded in a 2010 blog posting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding. Clark was prominently involved in industry challenges to the EPA’s “endangerment finding”...
  • WH increases proposed cut to the EPA: report

    03/15/2017 3:40:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 15, 2017 | Devin Henry
    The White House will increase its proposed cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget when it releases its spending outline on Thursday, according to a new report. The Trump administration will propose a 31 percent cut to the EPA’s $8.1 billion budget when it releases its budget outline, the New York Times reports . That's higher than the 24 percent reduction the White House proposed in its earliest budget outlines. The proposal will be part of a budget draft that contains deep spending cuts to many federal domestic spending accounts. The White House is aiming to reduce domestic discretionary spending...
  • Trump to propose 24 percent cut in EPA spending: reports

    02/27/2017 5:16:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2017 | Devin Henry
    The Trump administration plans to propose a one-forth to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, a plan that would end up laying off 20 percent of the agency’s staffers, according to reports. Trump officials will propose a $6.1 billion for the EPA next year, a $2 billion cut from current levels, according to reports in E&E News and Politico , citing sources. The agency’s staffing levels would fall to 12,000 workers, from 15,000 currently, according to the reports. An EPA spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. The proposed spending levels at the EPA...
  • Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy says she'll keep close tabs on Pruitt

    02/19/2017 4:21:04 AM PST · by kevcol · 89 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 17, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Former President Barack Obama's environmental chief, Gina McCarthy, said Friday that she will be keeping a close eye on newly confirmed EPA chief Scott Pruitt as he takes the helm of the agency she once commanded. . . . "Every action" Pruitt makes, McCarthy said, will be eyed "very closely" by her "to ensure the Trump administration upholds science and the law." . . . The former EPA chief said she wants to make sure Pruitt "respects" the EPA's "dedicated public servants and builds on the agency's long track record of protecting public health and the environment."
  • EPA bracing for a deluge of Trump executive orders

    02/16/2017 10:13:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-16-17 | Leslie Eastman
    This may be the beginning of the end of one of the most business-crushing entities in the nation. President Donald Trump is poised to introduce a series of executive actions aimed at scaling back Obama-era climate change initiatives. Quote The president intends to sign the actions during a visit to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters to swear in Scott Pruitt as head of the agency, Inside EPA reported Tuesday, citing an administration source. The timing of the event has not been determined because the full Senate has not yet confirmed Pruitt. The Hill reported on the Inside EPA report on...
  • WARNING: Trump’s EPA Secretary Will Have ‘16,000 Employees Working Against Him’

    01/29/2017 9:08:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 107 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/28/17 | Christopher Bedford
    When likely EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt walks into his first day at the office, “He’ll have 16,000 employees working against him,” Sen. James Lankford told a large gathering of libertarian donors Saturday evening.“And I expect a flood of lawsuits over everything he does.”Pruitt, who has been nominated to lead the EPA by President Donald Trump, is the attorney general of Lankford’s state, Oklahoma. He has faced fierce opposition from the environmentalist left.Lankford, who chairs the Senate Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, was joined on stage by Sens. Mike Lee and Pat Toomey. Their panel, moderated by Americans for Prosperity...
  • Trump Orders Media Blackout At Government Agencies: Bans Use Of Social Media, Bars New EPA Contracts

    01/24/2017 3:27:59 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-24-2017 | Tyler Durden
    It wasn't just the EPA. Earlier today, we reported that the Trump administration instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press, detailed the specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency's social media accounts. On Monday, the Huffington Post reported that EPA grants had been frozen, with agency employees barred from speaking of the matter. The memo ordering the social media blackout is shown below.(snip)
  • Trump will sign executive orders to renegotiate NAFTA, gut EPA, restore pro-life foreign aid policy

    01/23/2017 8:25:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 01/23/2017 | Francesca Chambers
    Trump will sign more executive orders this morning imposing his will on the country as he sends his predecessor's agenda through the paper shredderFirst up: Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade AgreementThe president is also expected to take action on a five-year lobbying ban for senior officials and prohibit NGOs from receiving aid if they perform abortionsAlso said to be looking at a hiring freeze for the executive branch and dozens of orders rolling back regulations issued by the EPA President Donald Trump will sign more executive orders this morning imposing his will on the country...