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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.
Politics Apr 22Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt met in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where Pruitt was living.
Politics Apr 16GAO says EPA violated spending law on Scott Pruitt’s privacy booth
An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office.
Politics Apr 13GOP-led House committee demands interviews with Pruitt aides
The Republican-led House oversight committee is demanding interviews with five close aides to embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, including his security chief.
Nation Apr 10FEMA faulted for failed contracts to deliver hurricane aid
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded contracts for hurricane supplies without adequately researching whether winning bidders could deliver what they promised, according to a new investigation by Democrats on a Senate oversight committee.
Politics Apr 09At least 5 probes underway into EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s conduct
An EPA inspector is now conducting at least five investigative audits related to Pruitt, including a previously undisclosed probe into outsized spending and alleged timesheet abuse by his swollen security detail.
Politics Apr 02EPA says Scott Pruitt didn’t violate ethics rules in leasing condo
A memo signed by Kevin Minoli contends that Pruitt's $50-a-night rental payments constitute a fair market rate. The memo was dated March 30, the day after ABC News first reported Pruitt lived last year in condo co-owned by the wife…
Politics Mar 30EPA head Scott Pruitt lived in D.C. condo connected to energy lobbyist
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is reported to have lived in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies.