Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Schooled by Pruitt on pollution

Juana Turner | 17 March, 2017, 01:06

API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola said that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) action to put an administrative stay on the agency's Risk Management Plan Rule is important to protecting the security of industrial facilities throughout the country.

The Sierra Club asked the independent watchdog in a letter Wednesday to check whether the former Oklahoma attorney general violated the EPA's 2012 Scientific Integrity Policy when he told a reporter emissions were not a "primary contributor" to so-called man-made global warming.

Konkus did not respond to ThinkProgress' request for clarification as to whether the EPA's official position is that there is ongoing debate about the cause of climate change, or whether human activity explains recent global warming. Pruitt is nothing more than a puppet for the fossil fuel industry. The Sierra Club, the nation's largest grassroots environmental organization, found the comments so egregious that it filed a formal complaint with the Inspector General of the EPA on Wednesday, alleging that Pruitt's comments violate the agency's Scientific Integrity Policy.

In the letter, the Sierra Club's lawyers said Pruitt's comments contradicted a "comprehensive review" of scientific research on climate change and appeared to be politically motivated.

The Sierra Club said Pruitt violated the EPA's policy that employees must "conduct, utilize, and communicate science with honesty, integrity, and transparency".

"If the EPA's Scientific Integrity Policy is to have any meaning then this type of clear violation must be strictly enforced and resolved", she said. Emails released on February 22 by an Oklahoma Court showed Pruitt also used language provided by an energy company in one of his challenges of the EPA over methane emissions regulations.

"It shouldn't just be a piece of paper or some words on a website. It's meant to protect the public from bad decision-making that's not based on real facts", she said.

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