Scott Pruitt

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


Timeline: 23 Years of Attempts to Restrict Public Health Science at EPA

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Environmental Protection Agency is advancing a broad proposal to restrict the use of science at the agency with no official public hearings and a limited sixty-day comment period, which ends on May 18. The rule is the culmination of 25 years of attempts to weaken the Clear Air Act and other critical public health laws. For the first two decades, these attempts came directly from industry and occasionally from Congress. But the attacks began from inside once polluter-friendly appointees took over the agency at the beginning of the Trump administration. They know they can’t win on the science, so they want to exclude it. Below is a timeline of attempts to restrict how science is used at EPA. If you see anything missing, drop me a note. Read more >

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Notable Moments from the Hearing on EPA’s Proposal to Sideline Science

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The House Science Committee yesterday held a hearing on EPA’s horrendous proposal to sideline public health research when it makes decisions. I livetweeted the hearing, as did UCS’s Allison Cain and NRDC’s John Walke. There were several revealing moments that tell us more about EPA’s strategy, highlight the forces behind the proposal, and emphasize the continued and sustained opposition from scientists.

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The EPA Disbanded Its Office of Science Advisor. Here’s Why That Matters.

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Late last week, the EPA announced its intention to get rid of its Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) and bury its functions deep down in another agency office. This move will significantly diminish efforts to coordinate and standardize the way that EPA does science. The administrator will have significantly less access to scientific advice at normal times and during times of crisis. And it will be easier for agency leaders to sideline and politicize science. Read more >

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EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Photo: Alamy

Watching Wheeler: 9 Critical Actions the New EPA Chief Should Take

, executive director

If EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler is sincere about returning the EPA to its core mission, here are nine critical actions he will need to take. Read more >

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How Dangerous is New EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler? Very. Here’s Why.

With Scott Pruitt’s resignation as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency amid a slew of ethics scandals, environmentalists who long campaigned for his ouster should be careful what they wished for. Read more >

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