Scott Pruitt

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


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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Disregarding Science, Trump Administration Trades Kids’ Brains for Dow Profit

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

UPDATE (April 20, 2017): Apparently the Dow Chemical Company is not content with a win. As I wrote below last month, the EPA under Scott Pruitt made an about-face, opting to override his own agency’s science on the damaging effects of chlorpyrifos on children’s developing brains and continuing to allow Dow to market the pesticide to farmers.

Now, according to news reports, lawyers representing Dow and two manufacturers of related insecticides have sent letters to Pruitt, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke urging them to “to set aside” the results of an extensive EPA assessment of these chemicals’ effects on endangered wildlife. Read more >

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Mr. Pruitt has denied a long-standing petition by public interest groups to restrict the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, a chemical whose health impacts include long-term, irreversible effects on children’s brain development. Photo: Wikimedia

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Ignores the Science on Pesticides, Puts Children at Risk

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Yesterday, Mr. Pruitt denied a long-standing petition by public interest groups to restrict the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, a chemical whose health impacts include long-term, irreversible effects on children’s brain development Read more >

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How’s EPA’s Science Advice Process Doing? Celebrating Sunshine and Progress at the EPA

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Happy sunshine week! It’s a week to celebrate one of the pillars of our democracy: access to information. This year’s sunshine week seems especially important because of the current Administration’s open hostility toward the media, which has been shining a light on the federal government’s operations day in and day out and illustrating the clear conflicts of interest of the corporate cabinet. Read more >

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