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Defenders of Wildlife Responds to Senate Confirmation of Scott Pruitt for EPA

Washington (February 17, 2017) – The U.S. Senate voted today to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The following statement is from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:
“Scott Pruitt is anti-environment, anti-science and anti-regulation. His ascension to lead the Environmental Protection Agency flies clearly in the face of our government’s responsibility to protect our air, water and wildlife for all of us. Allowing Pruitt to lead such an important agency charged with protecting the public’s health is both reckless and grossly irresponsible. It is a strange time indeed when someone with such disdain for the mission of the EPA now heads this critically important agency. We are both outraged by and deeply disappointed in those senators who ignored the truth and voted for his confirmation.”

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With more than 1.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit www.defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.