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Politics Jun 08Dem lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA’s Pruitt
House Democrats on Friday formally requested that the Justice Department investigate Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential criminal conduct.
Nation Jun 02Ex-chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force
Steven D. Cook served more than 20 years as in-house, corporate counsel for LyondellBasell Industries, one of the world's largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies.
Politics Jun 02Lobbyist tied to EPA chief’s condo tried to influence agency
Newly filed reports show the Washington lobbyist whose wife rented a bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had far more contact with the agency than previously disclosed…
Nation May 21Interior Department moves to reverse Obama-era rules on hunting bears, wolves in Alaska
Under the proposed changes, hunters would be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou.
Politics May 16Emails contradict Pruitt’s accounts of events under ethics investigations
Lawmakers at a Senate hearing Wednesday hammered Scott Pruitt with his toughest questioning to date amid federal investigations on his spending, bodyguards and ties with lobbyists.
Politics May 14Watchdog: EPA’s Pruitt demanded 24/7 armed security on Day 1
An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented, around-the-clock protection from armed officers on his first day.
Politics May 08Former aide to EPA chief Pruitt testifies on costly trip to Morocco
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a trip to Morocco last year, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff missed a connecting flight and spent more than 24 hours in Paris because his security detail’s weapons and other gear couldn’t…
Politics Apr 25EPA security chief worked for tabloid publisher with ties to Trump
EPA special agent Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta performed regular work for National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. during the 2016 election, according to person with knowledge of the company's internal workings.
Nation Apr 24EPA chief Pruitt signs proposal limiting what kind of scientific studies can be used by federal regulators
Pruitt said the change, long sought by chemical manufacturers and fossil fuel companies, would increase transparency in the agency's decision-making by requiring all underlying data used in scientific studies to be made publicly available. Critics said the policy shift is…
Politics Apr 23EPA documents say Pruitt’s requested sweep for hidden listening devices didn’t meet government standards
The EPA office determined the sweep was "very basic and cursory" and "did not employ the equipment, proper certification, or necessary processes" to be approved by the U.S. government for sensitive facilities.