EPA’s ‘secret science’ rule faces outpouring of opposition during emotionally-charged hearing

A hearing on a proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule took on an increasingly urgent and emotional tone on Tuesday, as speakers decried an effort that experts say would have a dramatic impact on the agency’s ability to protect human health and the environment. The morning…

New EPA head defends his work with the coal industry in first address

During his first address as acting administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, downplayed his ties to the coal industry while arguing that the media has unfairly honed in on his work history. Speaking before EPA staffers and members…

Former industry officials are advising new EPA head before they’re confirmed

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has hired a former chemical industry executive and a former car company executive who are serving as “special counsels” to Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, even though the pair has yet to be confirmed by the Senate to fill high-level positions…

Fired Scott Pruitt: God Chose Donald Trump To Be President

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is resigning because the public is being mean to him. That’s the message of his official resignation letter, accepted by President Donald Trump on Thursday and obtained by Fox News reporter John Roberts shortly after the resignation was announced….

Scott Pruitt’s successor may be more dangerous, critics say

With scandal-plagued former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt finally out, Trump supporters and industry officials are eager to portray his replacement as a vast improvement — despite the fact that he is expected to pick up right where Pruitt left off on key…

Scott Pruitt hands a loophole to ‘super polluting’ trucks on his way out the door

In one of his final acts at the Environmental Protection Agency, outgoing EPA administrator Scott Pruitt quietly gifted a pollution loophole to diesel freight truck manufacturers who had lobbied the administration to allow them to continue making trucks relying on old engines with fewer environmental safeguards. Pruitt…

Scott Pruitt’s replacement expected to carry on Trump’s anti-regulatory agenda at EPA

With a top coal lobbyist stepping in to serve as acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), few people are expecting Scott Pruitt’s resignation to slow down the Trump administration’s efforts to deal a knock-out blow to the agency’s ability to protect the environment….

BREAKING: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns

Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday afternoon as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after months of mounting controversies. President Trump tweeted that he had accepted Pruitt’s resignation but added that “within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful…

Lawmakers request investigation into Scott Pruitt’s alleged use of secret schedules

Two House Democrats asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Inspector General’s Office on Thursday to immediately launch an investigation into whether agency chief Scott Pruitt violated the Federal Records Act. The lawmakers — Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) — pointed to recent reports…

Amid mounting scandals, a close Pruitt ally controls EPA chief’s public records

Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hired the former treasurer of his political action committee to oversee an office that decides which of his records to release to the public. Pruitt hired Elizabeth Beacham White in September to head the…