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Jul 5, 2018

Weekly Primer: Even Without Pruitt, There’s Plenty Of Swamp To Go Around

Ding dong, Scott Pruitt has resigned. Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist, will continue Pruitt’s aggressive deregulatory efforts, likely without all of the noisy scandals that so bogged down the former Oklahoma attorney general.  Pruitt’s corruption reached the point that his own ethics chief recently called for increased scrutiny from the Office of Government Ethics. We’re only just beginning to uncover the true extent of his relationship with polluting industries as administrator. Emails now show Pruitt handed a deregulatory win to oil and gas producers after receiving nearly identical proposals from an industry lobbyist and the governor of Utah. We know that because of a huge cache of documents released to the Sierra Club via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The person in charge of the EPA’s FOIA staff, which has slow-walked and obstructed FOIA requests, is a political ally of Pruitt’s and the former treasurer of his PAC. Pruitt also maintained incomplete official calendars to hide his…

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