Ethics and Integrity at US EPA – and Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Violations of Norms

By  Kerrigan Clough, former Senior Ethics Officer, & Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA Region 8  & Joni Teter, former Deputy Ethics Officer & Senior Enforcement Attorney, EPA Region 8 William D. Ruckelshaus, EPA’s first and fourth Administrator set the standard for EPA employees’ ethical behavior.  Shortly after taking office on December 4, 1970, two days after … Read moreEthics and Integrity at US EPA – and Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Violations of Norms

State of Risk: How Weakening EPA Imperils Our Health, Families, Jobs & Economy

EPA was created to protect our air, water, lands –  and, above all, our health.  Since its creation in 1970, EPA has made our air and water cleaner, prevented millions of asthma attacks and hospitalizations, and avoided hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, all while America enjoyed a growing economy and expanding population.  Protecting the … Read moreState of Risk: How Weakening EPA Imperils Our Health, Families, Jobs & Economy

Pruitt’s Strategic Plan for EPA – and Why It Matters

  The Trump/Pruitt team has released its roadmap for EPA. What is strategic planning? A systematic process of envisioning a desired future, and translating this vision into broadly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them. Strategic plans create a framework for accountability between the Agency, Congress and the American people. … Read morePruitt’s Strategic Plan for EPA – and Why It Matters

Pruitt’s Hypocritical Visit to the Gold King Mine

EPA chief Scott Pruitt, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

Scott Pruitt came to Colorado on August 4th to visit the Gold King Mine.  His companions, Senators Cory Gardner & Michael Bennet, Representative Scott Tipton, and Governor John Hickenlooper,  held a town hall in Durango following their visit to the mine. Pruitt skipped out. There were folks outside the town hall who wanted to ask … Read morePruitt’s Hypocritical Visit to the Gold King Mine

Job Center open for EPA staff being ousted by Trump

The EPA Alumni Association has created an on-line job center to help EPA staffers find new work   https://jobs.epaalumni.org  On Monday, August 6, the Trump Administration begins its assault on EPA staffing. This Administration plans to eliminate more than 3000 jobs – in an agency with only 15,000 employees.  The pink slips start flowing with folks … Read moreJob Center open for EPA staff being ousted by Trump

The Trump Budget Aims to Cripple Environmental Protection

Thanks to the Environmental Protection Network for this summary analysis of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts to EPA – and our environmental protections. The Trump Administration claims that it supports clean air and water, but its proposed FY 2018 Budget tells another story. Their deep cuts would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s Budget 42% … Read moreThe Trump Budget Aims to Cripple Environmental Protection

Inside Trump’s war on regulations

“The push to block, rewrite and delay scores of Obama-era rules may be the administration’s biggest untold success.” Ironically, this is a statement many environmental professionals would agree with: “I think it’s something that’s just been lost on people in terms of the regulatory sediment that has built up — decade after decade after decade … Read moreInside Trump’s war on regulations

Public Interest Groups Challenge Trump’s “2-for-1” Regulatory Rollback Directive

Here’s an example of how environmental groups are using our federal courts to fight the Trump regulatory rollback agenda.  NRDC and the Communications Workers of America have sued to overturn E.O. 13771 – the “2 for 1” directive. This Executive Order requires that each new regulation must be accompanied by the removal of two regulations  … Read morePublic Interest Groups Challenge Trump’s “2-for-1” Regulatory Rollback Directive

Trump’s budget calls for hits on federal employee retirement programs (in addition to staffing cuts)

Yesterday’s Washington Post offered some insights into the Trump Administration’s plans to reduce earnings for federal workers – both present and past. (Article links below.) Perhaps only the heartlessness the president’s budget demonstrates for the poor, the hungry and the sick exceeds the billionaire’s absence of empathy for the federal employees who serve them… [it] would … Read moreTrump’s budget calls for hits on federal employee retirement programs (in addition to staffing cuts)

Talking points: {Dis}HONEST Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

We should tell our Senators to oppose a pair of bills aimed at crippling EPA. Both have already passed the House. If they pass the Senate, their effect will be felt long after the Trump Administration is history. (1) The HONEST Act would prevent EPA from using sound science making decisions about how to best … Read moreTalking points: {Dis}HONEST Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

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