Well this sure looks bad: According to letters released Monday, two senior officials were given permission to take on outside work while still employed full-time for Trump’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Special assistant Patrick Davis and John Konkus, a deputy associate administrator in the Office of Public Affairs, received permission to take on personal consulting clients. Konkus, a former Trump campaign aide, oversees solicitations and approvals of EPA grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars—grants he's regularly slashed or stripped of any reference to climate change. The names of his private clients were redacted. Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said it best in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: “A political appointee cutting millions of dollars in funding to EPA grant recipients on what appears to be a politically motivated basis, while at the same time being authorized to serve as a paid media consultant to unnamed outside clients, raises serious concerns of potential conflicts of interest.”
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Expert BlogChantelle "Ella" Mendonsa
While Pruitt has recently been catching heat for his science-denying comments on climate change, his luxurious travel on the taxpayer dime, and his elimination of the child cancer research program, it’s his dangerous predilection to gut critical public health protections…
Expert BlogChristina Swanson
Scott Pruitt, Trump’s head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, took more steps today to weaken the role of science for protecting the public from harmful chemicals and pollution, announcing unprecedented changes to eligibility of scientists to serve on EPA’s…
Latest NewsUnited StatesJeff Turrentine
Muzzling scientists, scrubbing websites, attacking journalists: all in a shameful day’s work for our bought-and-paid-for EPA administrator. It’s time to stop him.
ExplainerPuerto Rico, New York City, United States, ClevelandBrian Palmer
Let’s not forget what America looked like before we had the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our rivers caught on fire, our air was full of smog, and it stank (literally).