The company's inspector normal, an impartial watchdog workplace that investigates threats in opposition to EPA workers, stated in letters to 2 Democratic senators Monday that the EPA started offering Pruitt with a 24/7 element on his first day because the administrator. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the top Democrat on the committee, told Pruitt in the hearing.
Udall pressed Pruitt on reports that he had pushed his security agents to use flashing lights and sirens on agency vehicles on trips that were not emergencies.
Six out of the seven Democrats who sit on the subcommittee have already signed onto a resolution calling on Pruitt to resign from EPA. Pruitt says, "I don't recall that happening".
For his part, Pruitt took the same approach as he did in a pair of contentious House hearings last month, largely steering clear in his opening statement of addressing the dozen probes he is facing on topics such as the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office, a cut-rate condo rental from a lobbyist past year and his domestic and worldwide travel expenses. He was speaking during a hearing that was meant to focus on the EPA's 2019 budget but that centered on questions about his conduct - including an allegation he had sought to be transported through traffic with flashing lights and sirens.
In his testimony before the panel, Pruitt said he would not accept contributions to his legal defense fund from lobbyists or businesses who have business before his agency. "I was not at the agency at the time". But agency officials, including Pruitt, have said repeatedly that he has experienced notably more threats than previous administrators. They asked for information on any agency spending on Pruitt's office going forward.
Aides to President Trump's embattled EPA administrator attempted to stop publication of a study into water contamination near military bases nationwide, including former naval bases in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, according to a published report.
Corn state senators like Iowa's Grassley have been infuriated by the EPA's decision to provide an unusually large number of waivers from the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to refineries in recent months, freeing them from their obligation to blend biofuels like ethanol into the nation's fuel. Marked "For Official Use Only", the internal summary was then improperly made public, Elkins said.
"They are looking at very subtle effects like increased risk of obesity for children exposed in womb, lowered immune response, and childhood vaccines becoming not as effective", Dave Andrews, a senior scientist with the Environmental Work Group, told the news agency.
Leahy belittled Pruitt's claim that he needed to fly first class because of security concerns.
Political appointees at the White House and Environmental Protection Agency worked to block the publication of a federal study that found unsafe levels of toxic chemicals in water supplies, according to a new report from Politico.