What the EPA Has Done Since Scott Pruitt was Appointed Head

What the EPA Has Done Since Scott Pruitt was Appointed Head

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On a controversial means, back in December of 2016, President Donald Trump had nominated Scott Pruitt to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.  Scott Pruitt, if you are unfamiliar, was an Oklahoma State senator, and later the attorney general for the state.  Trump putting Pruitt in charge of the EPA caused some dispute.  Some people were thrilled by the President’s choice, and others were appalled.  Why?  Back when he won the election for the Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt had immediately made changes to the environmental program in the state, disregarding it.  He had dissolved the Environmental Protection Unit in the General’s Office entirely.  On top of that, oil and gas companies had been known for backing Pruitt up monetarily in his political campaigns, as he has been known to be a climate change denier.


Further more, he had actually created lawsuits against the EPA, and called himself: “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”  He had sued the government program fourteen different times.  It was no wonder it caused some red flags when Trump nominated him to run the very program Pruitt had stated he’d hated.


A lot has happened in less than a year after Pruitt’s appointment.  Not everything has been negative, such as the recent plan to clean up Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.  Here’s the timeline thus far#.  It will be updated as time goes on:




  • March 28th — Trump signed an executive order, telling Pruitt to back away from the Clean Power Plan, echoing how Pruitt doesn’t believe that CO2 is a contributing factor to climate change.



  • April 5 — EarthJustice sues the EPA, stating that Chlorpyrifos ought to be banned.




  • June 27th — Pruitt announced that he plans to move away from the Clean Water Rule.



  • August 2017 — The EPA announced an EJSCREEN update, claiming that the EJSCREEN has “improved our water indicator to show water bodies potentially impacted by toxicity and water pollution”.


  • September 15th — CNBC had announced that it’s possible the EPA will be closing a facility they have in Houston, Texas in 2020, despite Hurricane Harvey raising climate change alarms.  As of the writing of this article, there’s been no word from the EPA on this matter.




  • September 29th —  Concern rises in Florida about the government taking funding away from the EPA, and thus taking funding away from Florida.  The EPA “responsible for working with water agencies to test and protect water supplies from sewage and chemical releases, to help secure Superfund and hazardous waste sites from leaking toxic contaminants and to work with communities to monitor air quality as winds and water bring hazards into the air. These steps are particularly vital in low income communities that are all too often most vulnerable to environmental dangers that threaten the health of children and families,”  Says the Miami Herald.  “The Trump Administration has proposed cutting them by up to almost 40 percent, and the entire EPA budget by nearly a third.”



  • October 11th — Despite budget cuts, the EPA vowed to speed clean up of toxic superfund sites according to NPR.  “Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is vowing to speed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites, part of a shift away from climate change and toward what he calls the “basics” of clean air and water,”  Says NPR.  “Pruitt says the EPA will soon name a top 10 list of sites to focus on.”








*Please note that having a critique on someone in a governmental position or having a critique on a government agency does not mean that FemSTEM has a political affiliation. We do not. We wish to be as political neutral as possible when it comes to talking about these subjects, which is why we’ve listed both positive and negative things the EPA has done since Pruitt’s appointment.
**Article edited on October 24th, 2017 due to some grammar errors.
Article edited on November 2nd, 2017 due to updates.
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Image of Scott Pruitt: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Scott Pruitt, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56673025

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