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EPA head previously used private email for government business

EPA head previously used private email for government business

Two years before Scott Pruitt was chosen to lead the Environmental Protection Agency that he wants to wreck, Fox 25, the Oklahoma City Fox affiliate, began seeking documents through the Freedom of Information Act relating to his term as Oklahoma attorney general.

Senator Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, asked Pruitt directly, "Have you ever conducted business using your personal email accounts, nonofficial Oklahoma Attorney General email accounts, text messages, instant messenger, voicemails, or any other medium?"

"I can certainly say if he or anyone else in the Trump political team at EPA was using private email, they would be held up for severe criticism, and justly so given the history of this issue", Sussman said.

In its court filing, the Oklahoma attorney general's office argues that it is impractical and unfair to prioritize the Pruitt emails over other open-records requests that the state is sorting through.

Pruitt, just days into his tenure as EPA chief, is dealing with a familiar irritant for past agency leaders: transparency regarding his communication records with those trying to influence public policy.




Scott Pruitt should be removed from office immediately - but considering that Trump himself is a pathological liar and is suffering no consequences, being enabled by the most corrupt Congress in 100 years, we shouldn't be holding our collective breath. "We're going to make sure that the states are recognized with the authority that they have", Pruitt said. In fact, an abundance of research points to the burning of fossil fuels as the key driver of warming temperatures. The Waters of the United States rule was defined by the Obama administration to cover headwaters and tributaries that lead into major waterways, thereby protecting the drinking water of around 117 million Americans. "We can do both". "He seems to have a level of distrust that is unusual coming into an agency, because it doesn't necessarily bode well for good relations with the career staff that are there, with whom you have to work and you need to get things done", she said.

CPAC featured anti-EPA rhetoric before Pruitt's appearance. "There's going to be a lot of litigation". We're going to recognize the regulatory uncertainty and the regulatory state needs to be reined in.

Environmentalists, Democrats and some EPA staff staunchly opposed the appointment of Pruitt. Pruitt is expected to slow or reverse much of that, scaling back regulations and deferring to states on environmental enforcement.

Naomi Ages, a Greenpeace climate campaigner, said: "Trump will never know what it feels like to worry about the water his family is drinking, to wonder if his house will survive the next superstorm, or if his child will face illegal deportation".

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