President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has a long history of fighting federal pollution rules.
If confirmed, he's expected to sharply alter the agency that President Barack Obama used to implement some of his most aggressive executive actions — moves that enraged conservatives who have accused the administration of dramatic overreach that trampled upon states' rights.
Here is where Pruitt stands on the major issues that will be on his plate for the next four years.
Air, water pollution
Pruitt has said that one of the few places he sees a role for EPA is in managing pollution that crosses state borders. "There are issues with respect to clean water and air that cross state lines," he said in a 2013 speech in Oklahoma, according to CNN. "There is a role, and I think it's important for conservatives, for us to recognize, that though I don't like the EPA ... I think it's not good for us to say that the EPA doesn't have any role."
But as Oklahoma Attorney General, he rarely turned to federal regulators for such help, opting in a long-running water pollution battle with Arkansas to instead sit down at the negotiating table in a move that environmentalists say stalled a solution.Read More...
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