18
January
2017
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05:24 PM
America/New_York

DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE CALLS ON SENATE TO REJECT SCOTT PRUITT FOR EPA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Jennifer Witherspoon:

Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0269, jwitherspoon@defenders.org

 

WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – Senate confirmation hearings begin today for Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Defenders of Wildlife opposes Pruitt as Administrator for the EPA.  Pruitt, who as Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma, joined with the fossil fuel industry to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and undermine Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the lesser prairie-chicken. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt sued fourteen times to block the EPA’s water and air safeguards, with at least eight cases against the agency he would be tasked with leading – including efforts to roll back the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  The following is a statement from CEO and President of Defenders of Wildlife, Jamie Rappaport Clark:

“Scott Pruitt in charge of the EPA is like the fox in charge of the hen house. He has led the charge against the EPA to roll back protections for clean air and water and to stabilize the climate. His actions would put all Americans – and our climate, air, wildlife and waterways – at risk.

“We don’t need another Flint, Michigan or the Cuyahoga River fire on our hands. Healthy water and air benefit people and wildlife. We need a leader for the EPA who upholds our nation’s strong environmental laws, follows science and the letter of the law, accepts that climate change is real and fights to protect our air, water and wildlife.”

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