Scott Pruitt’s War on the EPA
Just how much damage has been done to the agency (and the environment)? And how do we stop him?
TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 7:00 PM
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It’s been a little over a year since Scott Pruitt took control of the Environmental Protection Agency. In that time, he’s undermined dozens of regulations on air and water pollution, made major cuts to agency staff, and curtailed enforcement of environmental rules. Here’s a look at his disturbing record so far:
- Greenhouse Gas Limits: Declaring “the war against coal is over,” Pruitt announced the EPA would repeal President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which would have placed limits on carbon pollution from power plants—a major cause of global warming.
- Clean Water Protections: Pruitt has rescinded the Waters of the United States rule, which gave the agency wider latitude to regulate pollution.
- Oil and Gas Drilling: After “hearing from industry,” Pruitt canceled the EPA’s 2016 directive that energy companies provide information on methane emissions from their drilling operations.
- Hazardous Air: The EPA withdrew a 1995 policy that imposed limits on nearly 200 pollutants, including arsenic, lead, and mercury, from major industrial polluters. (Source: Mother Jones Magazine)
There’s more, of course. This month’s Other Voices forum will take a deep dive into Scott Pruitt’s damaging assault on environmental regulations, what activists and states are doing to stop or limit that damage, and what it will take in the future to reverse the destructive actions.
Kathy Setian is a retired Superfund Project Manager for the Environmental Protection Agency and a Steward for Engineers and Scientists of California, IFPTE Local 20. She is currently an activist with Save EPA, a volunteer organization made up of retired and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency using their collective expertise to educate and advocate about environmental science, environmental protections and the current Administration’s assault on EPA and public health.
Gladwyn d’Souza is an environmentalist active on issues related to energy, waste, and water. He is a chair of the Conservation Committee of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. Gladwyn works with community activists to improve public health by involving stakeholders in building better communities. Gladwyn was a former Planning Commissioner with the City of Belmont. He is currently on the policy committee of the San Mateo Food Systems Alliance and the Citizens Advisory Committee of Peninsula Clean Energy.
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