Latest Scott Pruitt News

GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

Jun. 20, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator who had expressed concerns about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mounted an outspoken defense of him Wednesday after a face-to-face meeting, calling ethics allegations against Pruitt "outrageous lies." Sen. Jim Inhofe, from Pruitt's home state of...

AP FACT CHECK: It's true Heitkamp votes often with Trump

Jun. 19, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, facing a tough re-election in a red state this November, is telling voters she can work with Republican President Donald Trump. In a television ad released last week, Heitkamp speaks directly to viewers and says she's voted more than half...

EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state for 1st time

Jun. 18, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought. Coal ash is the residue left after burning coal to generate power. Utilities around the...

The Latest: Ethics office seeks expanded probe of EPA chief

Jun. 15, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ethics allegations surrounding Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The federal government's top ethics officer is asking for an expanded investigation of Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt to address recent...

Trump's move to redefine water rule threatens wetlands banks

Jun. 15, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A private firm is making big money selling promises about some gator-infested Florida swampland. The Panther Island Mitigation Bank isn't another land boondoggle, but part of a federal system designed to restore wetlands across the United States. Panther Island's owners preserved...

Trump praises EPA chief's work but stresses 'I'm not happy'

Jun. 15, 2018 11:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is praising Scott Pruitt's work as head of the Environmental Protection Agency — but stressing his concerns as well. Trump told reporters Friday that Pruitt was doing a "fantastic job running the EPA, which is very overriding." But Trump went on to say three...

10 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 15, 2018 6:29 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP APPROVES PLAN TO IMPOSE TOUGH CHINA TARIFFS President Donald Trump approves plan to impose punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods as early as today. 2. INSIDE THE SUMMIT WITH...

Farmers in Trump country protest Pruitt's ethanol policies

Jun. 15, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Deep in the heart of Trump country, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests by farmers and ethanol producers concerned that he is undermining the industry with his strong support of oil and gas. Their unhappiness is being broadcast on billboards, at...

Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

Jun. 14, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Farmers and ethanol producers gave Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a rough reception in South Dakota, accusing him of undermining the industry that's a key part of the state's economy. About 200 people rallied in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, urging Pruitt to...

Democratic lawmaker challenges Pruitt on EPA public records

Jun. 11, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top political appointees of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed that they review in advance all of the public records released by the agency under the Freedom of Information Act, according to EPA emails disclosed Monday by a senior House Democrat....