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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

President Trump's plan to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by almost a third will cripple an already underfunded agency, endangering public health and the quality of Americans' drinking water and air, said EWG President Ken Cook.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Scott Pruitt's downplaying of carbon dioxide as the driver of global warming is an ominous first signal of how the new Environmental Protection Agency administrator will address climate change, EWG President Ken Cook said.   

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Friday, March 3, 2017

The New York Times’ Coral Davenport reports today that President Trump is being pulled in opposite directions over whether to pull the country out of the landmark Paris climate change treaty. The U.S. entered into the accord under former President Obama and it was ratified in 2016.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Trump administration’s plan to eliminate funding for environmental justice programs will increase the already outsized burden of toxic pollution borne by lower-income communities of color, EWG President Ken Cook said.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – With Scott Pruitt now installed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump has moved quickly to strike a vital safeguard aimed at protecting the drinking water of 100 million Americans.

Trump is expected to sign an executive order today requiring the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to eviscerate the Clean Water Rule – which President Obama signed in 2015 to protect the drinking water sources of roughly 100 million Americans from industrial and agriculture pollution.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

WASHINGTONThe Trump administration’s massive cuts to the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency will cripple the agency’s ability to protect drinking water and air from polluters, and safeguard Americans from exposure to toxic chemicals and pesticides, said Scott Faber, EWG's senior vice president for government affairs.

The following is a statement from Faber:

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Friday, February 24, 2017

After sitting on an open records request for more than a year, the Oklahoma attorney general’s office – occupied until a week ago by Scott Pruitt, now head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – now says it’s too busy to release more of the emails showing Pruitt’s cozy relationship with the fossil fuel industry. EWG President Ken Cook said he wasn’t surprised.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

President Trump and his top aide, Steve Bannon, are charging ahead with their plans to “deconstruct the administrative state,” by threatening vital protections that safeguard food, drinking water, air and public health, said Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thousands of emails between the Oklahoma attorney general’s office and the fossil fuel industry reveal in detail how the state’s former Attorney General Scott Pruitt – now head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – coordinated his attacks on the EPA with oil and gas companies.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

An Oklahoma state judge today ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator, to release some 3,000 emails between his office and the fossil fuel industry, under a lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy. The judge gave the attorney general’s office until next Tuesday, Feb. 21, to comply with the order, lending urgency to the growing call for a postponement of the Senate’s vote on Pruitt’s confirmation, scheduled for Friday.

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