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Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who was confirmed by the Senate as EPA administrator, is a staunch proponent of deregulation and consolidation. Photo by Gage Skidmore, licensed under Creative Commons.

As expected, the Senate has confirmed former Oklahoma attorney general and walking conflict of interest Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If President Trump still plans to cripple the EPA, as he repeatedly promised during his campaign, the man to lead that effort begins work on Monday.

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Congress Blocks Stream Protection Rule

A valley fill beneath a mountaintop removal mine in eastern Kentucky. The Stream Protection Rule would have limited the practice.

The Congressional Review Act, a rarely invoked procedure, was used by the U.S. Congress to strike down the Stream Protection Rule.

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Environmental Votetracker — Feb/March 2017

How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding whether to nullify the Stream Protection Rule.

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The “Fox Guarding the Henhouse” cabinet

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who was confirmed by the Senate as EPA administrator, is a staunch proponent of deregulation and consolidation. Photo by Gage Skidmore, licensed under Creative Commons.

Many of Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees take positions that threaten public health, air and water quality, and our natural heritage, and that accelerate climate change. Appalachian Voices is joining with clean energy advocates, climate activists and public health proponents across the country in urging the Senate to stand for our health and environment and reject these nominees.

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