Nominee To Lead EPA Testifies He’ll Enforce Environmental Laws

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, underscored the importance of federalism in U.S. environmental policy and regulation, and criticized the agency he’s being tasked to run, at his confirmation hearing Wednesday. The Oklahoma attorney general vowed to follow the “rule of law,” if confirmed, and promised to “fairly and equitably enforce the rules and not pick winners and losers.” Pruitt, who has sued the EPA more than a dozen times during his tenure, has accused the agency of overreach and favoritism under President Obama – an accusation that was echoed by Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during the hearing.

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