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Pruitt Begins as EPA Leader

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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On Tuesday (Feb. 21) newly confirmed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt delivered his first speech to his employees and the nation, making it clear he intends on following President Donald Trump’s lead and stepping back from the regulations that had been set forth by the Obama administration.

Though divisive as a pick as the former Oklahoma attorney general was, his speech merely made mention of the political tension at the federal level, and instead focused on the new relationship he hopes the EPA to have with each state.

“In this environment we live in this country today … it’s a very toxic environment,” Pruitt said. “We have jerseys that we put on both politically and otherwise. And that’s something, I think, is damaging to finding results and answers.”

Glance at the Past

As an attorney general, Pruitt often went rounds with the EPA and joined more than a dozen lawsuits challenging EPA actions by the former administration. He historically hasn’t shied away from an alliance with fossil fuel firms and maintained that he had stood up for the concerns of Oklahoma’s largest industries.

Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
On Tuesday (Feb. 21) newly confirmed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt delivered his first speech to his employees and the nation.

Also while serving his eight years in Oklahoma, Pruitt came to an agreement with his Arkansas counterpart to study the water quality of the Illinois River. He also led a water rights settlement between Oklahoma, Oklahoma City and the Choctaw and Chickasaw Tribal Nations.

Looking to the Future

In his speech Pruitt gave a few nods to his incoming cooperative federalist approach to running the agency, which should give states a larger collaborative role, a stance that seems to be going over well for some organizations.

National Association of Home Builders Chairman Granger MacDonald congratulated Pruitt and noted that he “understands the need for a commonsense regulatory process that is based on sound science, and does not trample states’ rights or ignore the economic impact on small businesses.”

And while he may face opposition from inside his own team (nearly 800 former EPA officials penned a letter opposing his nomination), Pruitt is receiving seemingly equal amounts of applause throughout the country similar to that from the NAHB.

Such support comes from the American Chemistry Council, which has the implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act on its wish list.­­

“We look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt, his team and the dedicated EPA staff to ensure that credible science and transparency are at the heart of regulatory decisions and that our nation’s key environmental statutes are implemented in a sensible manner,” the ACC said in a press release.

The American Coatings Association did not respond to a request for comment on the confirmation of Pruitt.


Tagged categories: American Chemistry Council; Coating chemistry; Coating Materials; Coatings raw materials manufacturers; Construction chemicals; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Good Technical Practice; National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); North America

Comment from peter gibson, (2/22/2017, 2:56 PM)

ACA ...did not respond. Are they in with the 800 former green lap dogs.

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