Latest Scott Pruitt News

Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

May. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the...

Watchdog: EPA should recoup travel money from Pruitt, guards

May. 16, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog urged the agency on Thursday to look into recovering $124,000 in premium travel charges for former EPA head Scott Pruitt and his bodyguards. The EPA's inspector general rejected Pruitt's claims that security concerns warranted the...

Ex-EPA chief Pruitt's Indiana lobbying bid has likely failed

Apr. 23, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has likely failed in his efforts to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants in Indiana. Pruitt registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana last week for the parent company of Terre Haute-based mining company...

Court: EPA has 90 days to justify use of dangerous pesticide

Apr. 19, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has given the Environmental Protection Agency 90 days to justify why a widely used but dangerous pesticide should stay on the market. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued the order at the request of a coalition of farmworker and environmental...

Ex-EPA chief Pruitt registers as energy lobbyist in Indiana

Apr. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana on Thursday as fossil-fuels interests there are fighting to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants. A lobbying disclosure report for...

Oklahoma lawmakers grumble openly about opioid settlement

Apr. 3, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $270 million settlement between the state of Oklahoma and the maker of OxyContin praised last week as an innovative way to help combat opioid addiction is facing bipartisan criticism from Oklahoma lawmakers who say the state's attorney general overstepped his authority. Attorney...

Ethics body questions ex-EPA chief's $50-a-night condo deal

Mar. 26, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding released...