Press Release

EPA Admin. Pruitt Pushing Fiction to Allow Dirtier Air and Water and Sicker Americans

Jake Thompson, 202-289-2387, [email protected]

WASHINGTON – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt today issued a directive that would make EPA’s actions less accountable to the public and give corporate polluters more freedom to pollute the nation’s air, water and land.

The following is a statement from John Walke, Director, Clean Air Project, Climate & Clean Air program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Pruitt’s doing nothing more than posturing about a non-existent problem and political fiction. His targeting of legal settlements, especially where EPA has no defense to breaking the law, will just allow violations to persist, along with harms to Americans.

“The irony is that polluters don’t even have to sue Pruitt to get what they want. They just pick up the phone and ask. Make no mistake, the unspoken Trump EPA agenda is to allow more corporations to ignore the law and prolong EPA breaking the law; both will lead to dirtier air, dirtier water, and sicker people.”

For more please see Walke’s congressional testimony on the issue: http://judiciary.house.gov/_files/hearings/113th/06052013/Walke%2006052013.pdf

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