Scott Pruitt

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


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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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Pruitt’s Science Advisors Urge Him to Let Them Review His So-Called Transparency Initiative

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

One week after issuing its letters on EPA’s spring and fall regulatory agendas, the SAB posted a letter to Administrator Pruitt urging him to charge the SAB with reviewing the flawed restricted science rule before taking further action on the proposed rule due to the very important scientific considerations needed for transparency at the agency. This is a strong statement coming from the Administrator’s very own science advisors, 18 of whom were hand-selected by Pruitt himself. Read more >

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The EPA SAB Agreed to Tell Pruitt that EPA’s Restricted Science Rule is Problematic, But Where’s the Follow-up?

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) met earlier this month in DC to discuss a range of issues, but perhaps most prominently, to discuss whether any of Pruitt’s deregulatory actions from 2017 had scientific issues warranting SAB review. Also on the agenda was whether the SAB should have a chance to review the merits of the EPA’s restricted science proposal before it moved any farther in the rulemaking process. At the end of the meeting, the SAB members agreed (almost unanimously) that they would write to Pruitt and tell him that they did indeed want to review five spring and fall 2017 regulatory agenda items, including the glider truck rule and the Clean Power Plan, and the restricted science proposal. Read more >

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