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California sues EPA over Scott Pruitt’s potential conflicts of interest

August 14, 2017 aurorax 0

California’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to comply with a request for documents detailing how Administrator Scott Pruitt intends to avoid conflicts of interest during his tenure at the agency. Before becoming EPA Administrator in February, Pruitt had a history of suing the agency as Oklahoma […]

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Penalties against polluters down 60 percent under Trump

August 10, 2017 aurorax 0

When President Donald Trump took office in January, environmentalists feared his industry-friendly approach to environmental policy would usher in an era of lax environmental enforcement. That concern only grew with the appointment of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency; Pruitt has said that he wants to hand off enforcement to the states and potentially eliminate […]

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Interior Department investigating Zinke for reportedly threatening senators over Trumpcare votes

August 4, 2017 aurorax 0

The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has launched a “preliminary investigation” over reports that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke threatened to pull funding from Alaskan energy projects if Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) didn’t vote in support of President Donald Trump’s health care proposal. “The OIG is undertaking a preliminary […]

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Senate panel approves BP defense attorney for DOJ’s top environmental position

August 3, 2017 aurorax 0

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve the appointment of D.C.-based lawyer Jeffrey B. Clark as assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Clark defended BP from charges brought as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, has cast doubt on established climate science, and has questioned the […]