75 Facts About Edward Scott Pruitt

1. Edward Scott Pruitt currently resides in Tulsa city of Oklahoma with his wife and children.

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2. New York Times added that Edward Scott Pruitt lied about accepting significant salary bumps for two aides who had worked with him since before he took office and several EPA officials who spoke up against Pruitt left or were forced out.

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3. In 2012, Edward Scott Pruitt was named a trustee of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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4. Edward Scott Pruitt has served as head of the Republican Attorneys General Association, a group that has relied heavily on funds from ultraconservative groups and the oil industry.

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5. Edward Scott Pruitt has fought to limit the scope of the federal government in regulating pollution of rivers under the Waters of the United States rule.

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6. Edward Scott Pruitt was quoted as saying: "The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.

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7. In 2005, Edward Scott Pruitt told a radio interviewer that there are not "sufficient scientific facts to establish the theory of evolution.

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8. Edward Scott Pruitt conceded that his agency should take "concrete action" related to chemicals like PFAS, but testified that he was unaware of any delay in the release of the study.

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9. On March 29, 2017, Edward Scott Pruitt denied an administrative petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pesticide Action Network North America to ban chlorpyrifos, explaining "we are returning to using sound science in decision-making—rather than predetermined results".

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10. In December 2017, after Edward Scott Pruitt requested six more years to regulate lead levels, a divided federal appeals court issued a writ of mandamus ordering Pruitt to regulate lead within the next 90 days.

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11. Edward Scott Pruitt has since traveled to Iowa twice to promote the repeal of the Clean Water Rule and to promise support of corn ethanol production.

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12. Edward Scott Pruitt had requested public comment on reductions to the Renewable Fuel Standard after being encouraged to do so by Carl Icahn.

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13. In June 2017, Edward Scott Pruitt announced that he would delay designating which areas met new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone.

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14. Edward Scott Pruitt has agreed to allow permitting to proceed for the Pebble Mine on Bristol Bay.

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15. Edward Scott Pruitt has rejected a proposed rule to require hard rock miners to guarantee they can pay mine reclamation costs.

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16. Edward Scott Pruitt has finalized a rule postponing new effluent guidelines on power plants.

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17. On March 1, 2018, Edward Scott Pruitt issued a proposed rule to relax regulation of coal ash.

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18. On June 27, 2017, Edward Scott Pruitt released a proposal to rescind the Clean Water Rule.

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19. On October 10, 2017, Edward Scott Pruitt issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

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20. Edward Scott Pruitt has refused to rescind EPA's endangerment finding which determined that carbon dioxide emissions threaten public health, prompting criticism from some Trump supporters.

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21. Edward Scott Pruitt stated at his Senate confirmation hearing in January 2017 that the EPA has an "obligation" to regulate carbon dioxide in accordance with a 2007 Supreme Court case and 2009 EPA decision establishing carbon emissions as a threat to public health.

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22. Edward Scott Pruitt has described himself as "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda.

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23. On June 2, 2017, Edward Scott Pruitt acknowledged that global warming is occurring, and that "human activity contributes to it in some manner.

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24. The Washington Post reported that Edward Scott Pruitt had meetings with officials from the same industries that he regulated while EPA head.

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25. Edward Scott Pruitt bought obtained Rose Bowl tickets via the head of a firm, Saxum, doing public affairs work for energy companies.

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26. Edward Scott Pruitt instructed at least three EPA aides to help secure a White House internship for his daughter, after which she received such a post.

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27. Edward Scott Pruitt instructed one of his aides to contact the Republican Attorneys General Association about finding a job for his wife, but the aide refused as she considered it an ethics violation.

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28. Edward Scott Pruitt had a top EPA aide contact major Republican donors for job opportunities for his wife.

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29. In June 2018, it was revealed that Edward Scott Pruitt had used his official position at the EPA to line up special favors and business opportunities for his wife and daughter.

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30. Edward Scott Pruitt agreed they would be and added that his attorney would be working with the General Accounting Office to assure the fund met legal requirements.

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31. Edward Scott Pruitt hired former Oklahoma banker Albert Kelly to head the Superfund program, which is responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated land.

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32. Edward Scott Pruitt sought to increase the salary from $107,435 to $164,200 for one aide and from $86,460 to $114,590 for the other.

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33. In 2018, Edward Scott Pruitt faced increased scrutiny concerning a December 2017 trip to Morocco.

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34. In June 2018, it was reported that Edward Scott Pruitt had spent approximately $1,500 on 12 customized fountain pens from a Washington jewelry store.

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35. In October 2017, CNN reported that Edward Scott Pruitt had requested a dozen more agents, which would cost the taxpayers at least $2 million per year in salaries alone.

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36. Edward Scott Pruitt was found to have spent 43 of the 92 days from March to May 2017 in Oklahoma or traveling there.

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37. Edward Scott Pruitt tended to stay at high-end hotels during his trips.

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38. Edward Scott Pruitt has a vastly larger around-the-clock security detail than his predecessors.

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39. Edward Scott Pruitt hired the former treasurer of his political action committee, Elizabeth Beacham White to run the EPA office that handles Freedom of Information Act requests for Pruitt's office.

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40. In June 2018, it was reported that Edward Scott Pruitt had used agency staff to perform nonofficial duties for Pruitt.

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41. Edward Scott Pruitt replaced Weese with Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, a former Secret Service agent who operates a private security company.

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42. Edward Scott Pruitt ended the longstanding practice of making public the appointments of the administrator and other top agency officials.

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43. Edward Scott Pruitt is accompanied by armed guards even while at EPA's headquarters, an unprecedented level of security for an EPA administrator.

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44. Edward Scott Pruitt has come under the scrutiny of the United States Office of Government Ethics regarding potential violations of Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which specifically incorporates, "Employees shall not use public office for private gain", and "Employees shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance that they are violating the law or the ethical standards set forth in this part.

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45. Edward Scott Pruitt has met with industry representatives almost daily while rarely meeting with environmentalists.

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46. In March 2018, Edward Scott Pruitt proposed to restrict the EPA from considering research that relies on confidential information, such as medical data.

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47. In October 2017, Edward Scott Pruitt removed several scientists from EPA advisory panels and forbade any scientist who receives a grant from the EPA from then serving those panels.

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48. Edward Scott Pruitt has issued a directive to stop litigants from pressuring the EPA to regulate, referring to the practice as "sue and settle".

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49. Edward Scott Pruitt picked Washington State senators Don Benton and Doug Ericksen to be, respectively, a White House liaison and a regional administrator.

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50. Along the way, Edward Scott Pruitt has begun to dismantle former president Barack Obama's environmental legacy, halting the agency's efforts to combat climate change and to shift the nation away from its reliance on fossil fuels.

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51. Edward Scott Pruitt was sworn in the same day by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

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52. In February 2017, Edward Scott Pruitt was ordered by the Oklahoma District Court to release thousands of emails of communication with fossil fuel industries in order to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests filed over a two-year period by the liberal watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy.

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53. Edward Scott Pruitt was an advisor to the Jeb Bush presidential campaign, 2016.

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54. In October 2014, Edward Scott Pruitt criticized the Supreme Court's refusal to hear Oklahoma's appeal in the definition of marriage case.

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55. Edward Scott Pruitt expressed his dissatisfaction when a federal court ruled that Oklahoma's voter-approved amendment in 2004 to the Oklahoma State Constitution that defined marriage as only the union of one man and one woman was a violation of the US Constitution in 2014.

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56. On March 6, 2014, Edward Scott Pruitt joined a lawsuit targeting California's prohibition on the sale of eggs laid by caged hens kept in conditions more restrictive than those approved by California voters.

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57. In June 2013, Edward Scott Pruitt maintained that the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a provision of DOMA, a federal law that denied federal benefits to homosexual married couples did not affect Oklahoma's laws on the subject.

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58. Edward Scott Pruitt was unhappy with the United States Supreme Court's rejection of the Oklahoma case.

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59. In 2013, Edward Scott Pruitt supported the Oklahoma legislature's bid to join four other states trying to restrict medical abortions by limiting or banning off-label uses of drugs, via House Bill 1970.

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60. In 2013, Edward Scott Pruitt brought a lawsuit targeting the Affordable Care Act, Oklahoma ex rel.

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61. In 2012, Edward Scott Pruitt kept Oklahoma out of the mortgage settlement reached by 49 other states with five national lenders, with Pruitt citing differing philosophies of government.

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62. Edward Scott Pruitt was successful in raising campaign contributions from the energy industry, helping him to become chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association.

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63. Edward Scott Pruitt stated a desire to increase operational efficiency and shifted the attorneys responsible for environmental protection to the Attorney General's Public Protection Unit and the Solicitor General's Unit.

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64. In 2006 Edward Scott Pruitt sought the Republican nomination to replace outgoing Republican Mary Fallin as Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma.

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65. Edward Scott Pruitt failed to publicly disclose his financial relationships with Whitefield and the others, which were revealed by the press in 2018.

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66. In 2001, while a freshman state legislator, Edward Scott Pruitt sought his party's nomination to succeed Steve Largent as the representative for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district but was unsuccessful.

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67. Edward Scott Pruitt was then selected to serve as the Republican Assistant Floor Leader, a position he held until he left the Senate in 2006.

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68. Edward Scott Pruitt worked as a lawyer for five years before running for state senate representing Broken Arrow, a Tulsa suburb, where he served two terms.

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69. Edward Scott Pruitt was a football and baseball player at Lafayette High School, earning a baseball scholarship to the University of Kentucky, where he played second base.

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70. Edward Scott Pruitt was born in 1968 in Danville, Kentucky, the eldest of three siblings, but moved to Lexington as a boy.

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71. Edward Scott Pruitt made frequent use of first-class travel as well as frequent charter and military flights.

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72. In 2012, Edward Scott Pruitt was elected as chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-elected for a second term in February 2013.

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73. Edward Scott Pruitt represented Tulsa and Wagoner Counties in the Oklahoma Senate from 1998 until 2006.

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74. Edward Scott Pruitt served as the fourteenth Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from February 17, 2017 to July 6, 2018.

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75. Edward Scott Pruitt was born on May 9, 1968 and is an American lawyer and Republican politician from the state of Oklahoma.

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