Scott Pruitt

What are the implications of Scott Pruitt as the potential director of the Environmental Protection Agency? Our experts and analysts weigh in.


Signed, Sealed, Delayed? The New Fate of the Added Sugar Rule and Other Safeguards

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The FDA announced this week that it “intends to extend compliance dates” for the nutrition facts label final rules, which will include the separate line for added sugars. We celebrated the finalization of this rule last May as science-based advocacy prevailing to give consumers key information on the foods they consume. While the FDA has not yet announced exactly how long that extension will push back implementation, the food industry has asked HHS Secretary Tom Price to delay the rule’s enforcement three years, until May 2021. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt testifies this week before the Senate for the first time as EPA administrator. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Five Questions Scott Pruitt Should Answer at This Week’s EPA Budget Hearing

, executive director

This is the first time Mr. Pruitt will appear on Capitol Hill since his confirmation hearing, and the first time members of Congress will be able to publicly question him about the proposal to slash the EPA budget by 30%. Read more >

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The pesticide chlorpyrifos is used on a variety of fruits and vegetables—including apples and broccoli—that millions of American moms and dads feed their kids every day. Photo: Martinan/iStock

7 States Give Pruitt an “F” in Science, Challenge EPA Over Pesticide That Harms Children

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Back in March, EPA Administrator and science skeptic Scott Pruitt ignored his agency’s own science when he canceled a planned ban on chlorpyrifos, a well-studied pesticide that has been shown to damage children’s developing brains and make farmworkers sick. But the fight to protect kids and workers from this toxic pesticide isn’t over. In a welcome new twist, the Attorney General of New York and his counterparts in six other states announced today that they have filed an objection with the EPA for its inaction. Read more >

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Americans Are Worried about Water Pollution (And They Should Be)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Apparently the Trump administration hasn’t heard about the latest Gallup poll, which puts Americans’ concerns about water pollution and drinking water at their highest levels since 2001. Why do I say this? Because in addition to rolling back a key Obama-era clean water rule, a leaked EPA memo reveals that the administration intends to slash or eliminate funding for a slew of water programs and initiatives. And while recent and ongoing crises like the one in Flint have highlighted urban drinking water problems, it is also true that rural communities—whose voters helped put President Trump in office—have plenty to worry about. Read more >

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Scientific Integrity Policies Do Not Make Agencies the Fact Police

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

It is tempting to want to punish public officials for lying about established science. But the scientific integrity policies do not serve this function, and for good reason. Read more >

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