Environmental Groups Brace as Pruitt Takes Helm of EPA

Despite numerous unanswered questions about potential conflicts of interest, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last Friday. Pruitt has come under fire for coordinating with energy companies and has repeatedly questioned the overwhelming scientific consensus around climate change. He has also pledged to withdraw the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the US rules, which have provided significant guidance and a backstop to challenges by polluters in Minnesota. Pruitt’s confirmation will have long-lasting and far-reaching impacts on our natural resources in Minnesota and across the nation. The Minnesota Environmental Partnership thanks Senators Franken and Klobuchar for speaking out against Pruitt’s confirmation on the Senate floor

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