Scott Pruitt

Director of the Environmental Protection Agency

 

  • 6/13/05 Fights to stop a lawsuit against a chicken farm dumping manure into local drinking water sources after receiving tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from poultry executives and lawyers. (source)
  • 2011 Forms a “federalism unit” in Oklahoma to fight President Obama’s healthcare and environmental regulations.
  • October 2011 Has oil lobbyists write letters to the EPA using his own office stationary and signature. (source)
  • 2012 Keeps Oklahoma out of a mortgage settlement with five lenders reached by all 49 other states in the Union. (source)
  • 2013 Attempts to restrict abortion using a ban on certain generic drugs, a law that is deemed unconstitutional by the state supreme court. The U.S. Supreme Court denies rehearing the case. (source)
  • 2013 Chief executive of Continental Energy, an Oklahoma oil and gas company, serves as co-chairman of Pruitt’s successful re-election campaign. (source)
  • June 2013 Claims that the U.S. Supreme’s Court decision to strike down laws that deny federal benefits to homosexual married couples does not apply to Oklahoma. (source)
  • March 2014 Announces he will investigate the Humane Society of the United States because it supports a California law that prohibits the sale of eggs laid in inhumane cages. (source)(source) Case gets dismissed at the appellate level because Pruitt does not have standing as attorney general to sue on behalf of a small group of egg farmers. (source)
  • June 2014 Praises the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, which allows employment discrimination based on religious beliefs. (source)
  • April 2015 Believes distribution of Bibles in public schools is constitutional. (source)
  • 2/19/16 Sues the EPA to block its Clean Power Plan and Waters of the United States rule, taking the unusual step of joining major oil and gas executives as a government official. (original brief)(source)(source)
  • 5/17/16 Writes in an op-ed piece that climate change denial should be a part of a “healthy debate” to be encouraged in classrooms and public forums. Concludes that climate change laws are “government intimidation” and “un-American.” (source)
  • 8/2/16 Sues the EPA to block additional regulations on Oklahoma coal-fired plants. (source)(the petition)
  • 12/7/16 Upon being announced as next head of EPA, says in statement: “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.” (source)
  • 2/7/17 Sued by a national watchdog group for violating the Oklahoma Open Records Act in failing to provide public access to official emails and other documents for more than two years. (source)
  • 2/16/17 EPA employees participate in a concerted effort to contact their senators to urge to vote against Pruitt's confirmation. (source)
  • 2/22/17 The Center for Media and Democracy release a batch of Pruitt's emails during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general. The 7,500 pages of emails reveal a tight relationship between Pruitt and the fossil fuel industry. (source)(the emails)
  • 2/25/17 The recently released emails from Pruitt's tenure as Oklahoma A.G. reveal that he used private email for state business, which means that he lied under oath in his Senate confirmation hearing when he stated the contrary. (Washington Examiner)

 

As Director of the Environmental Protection Agency

  • 3/2/17 One day after being asked to do so by the oil industry, announces that the EPA is withdrawing a request that operators of existing oil and gas wells provide the agency with extensive information about their equipment and its emissions of methane. (WaPo)
  • 3/9/17 States that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. (CNBC)
  • 3/7/17 Signals that he will staff his office with climate change skeptics. (NYT)
  • 3/29/17 Rejects the scientific conclusion of the EPA's own chemical safety experts that the insecticide chlorpyrifos be banned for causing memory and learning declines among farm workers and children who were exposed. (NYT)
  • 4/5/17 The EPA proposes a budget that would dismantle programs that protect children from lead paint, saving $16.6 million. (WaPo)(EPA budget)
  • 4/29/17 The EPA removes most climate change information from its website, saying in a press release that language on the website is being updated to "reflect the approach of new leadership." (CNN)
  • 4/30/17 Filings show that the Koch Brothers spent millions to help get Pruitt confirmed as head of the EPA. (Intercept)
  • 5/7/17 Fires at least five members of a major scientific review board, and considers replacing them with representatives from industries whose pollution the E.P.A. is supposed to regulate. (NYT)
  • 5/13/17 Clears the way for copper and gold mining near the headwares of a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska, jeopardizing half of the world's sockeye salmon supply and the health of Native Americans living in the region. (AP)
  • 7/3/17 A federal court blocks the EPA's 90-day suspension of new oil and gas well emission standards. (WaPo)
  • 7/17/17 Admits directly to trying to degrade and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency. (MotherJones)
  • 8/1/17 A senior official with the EPA resigns, citing the administration's anti-environment and anti-regulatory agenda in her exit statement. (ThinkProgress)(exit letter)
  • 9/8/17 The Government Accountability Office will investigate hiring practices at the EPA regarding the hiring of personnel in violation of civil service laws barring the hiring of lobbyists with certain conflicts of interest. (Hill)
  • 9/9/17 In the wake of Hurricane Harvey which flooded Houston, and the midst of three simultaneous hurricanes, one of which (Irma) is the most powerful recorded in history, says that now is not the time to talk about climate change. (WaPo)
  • 9/27/17 Is reported that in July, Pruitt took a private flight from Tulsa to Guymon, Oklahoma, costing taxpayers $14,000, and took two other private flights in June, costing $36,069 and $5,219. (CBS)
  • 10/10/17 Formally proposes to scrap the Obama administration's signature climate change rule for power plants. (Hill)
  • 12/4/17 Is sued by environmental and health groups after the EPA misses a key deadline in enforcing a provision in the Clean Air Act. (Hill)
  • 12/15/17 60 Environmental Rules on Their Way Out (NYT)
  • 12/15/17 Is reported that the EPA has hired a major Republican opposition research firm to track press activity and shape press coverage of Pruitt's agenda. (MotherJones)
  • 12/18/17 Is reported that the EPA used taxpayer money to sweep Pruitt's office for "covert/illegal surveillance devices" in March, and install a $25,000 secure phone booth in his office. (Hill)
  • 12/28/17 Appoints close friend Albert Kelly to oversee the nation’s Superfund program. Kelly was fined $125,000 in May 2017 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for illegal loans and banned from the banking industry for life. (TheIntercept)
  • 1/11/18 Is reported that Pruitt is under investigation for a four-trip to Morocco costing $40,000 to promote natural gas, possibly on behalf of industry. (WashingtonExaminer)
  • 1/20/18 Says that he has no recollection of a statement he made on February 4, 2016, denying that he said: "I believe that Donald Trump in the White House will be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama and that's saying a lot." (CNN)
  • 2/7/18 Says in an interview with the local news in Las Vegas: "We know that humans have most flourished during times of, what? Warming trends. So I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing...Do we really know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100 in the year 2018? I mean, that’s somewhat fairly arrogant, for us to think that we know exactly what it should be in 2100." (News3LV.com)
  • 2/14/18 Is reported that in June, Pruitt flew to Italy to attend a summit with international energy ministers, flying business class and costing taxpayers $7000, several times the cost paid for the staffers who accompanied him. His return flight was in an Emirates Airlines business class cabin, one of the most luxurious in the world. (CBS)
    • 2/14/18 EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox retracts his claim that Pruitt recieved a "blanket waiver" to fly first-class whenever he travels after it is indicated to him taht the General Services Administration does not issue such waivers. (Politico)
  • 2/26/18 The National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) is shuttered. The NCER is best known for studying the effects of chemicals on children's health. (Hill)
  • 2/26/18 Is reported there is a surge of open records lawsuits against the EPA, battling Pruitt's policies of secret travel arrangements, meetings and policy decisions. (Politico)
  • 3/9/18 Is reported to have been stopped by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly from staging a series of public debates on the science of climate change. (NYT)
  • 3/29/18 The EPA signals its intent to roll back greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. (NYT)
  • 3/30/18 Is reported that Pruitt paid $50 per night to stay at a D.C. condo linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents fossil fuel companies. The condo is owned by the wife of J. Steven Hart, the chairman and CEO of the powerhouse lobbying firm Williams and Jensen PLLC. (AP)
  • 4/3/18 Is reported that Pruitt aide Millan Hupp, recently an employee of an Embassy Suites hotel near the Nashville airport, received a 33% pay raise after conducting an extensive housing hunt for Pruitt in 2017 during office hours. (WaPo)
    • 4/3/18 Pruitt bypassed the White House when awarding dramatic pay increases to aides Sarah Greenwalt and Millan Hupp, using a loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act. (Atlantic)
  • 4/5/18 Is reported that Pruitt and his wife Margaret bought a property in Tulsa, Oklahoma days before a court ruled that it had been fraudulently transferred by a Las Vegas developer who was defaulted on $3.6 million in loans. Pruitt, as attorney general of the state, then sold the property for $70,000 profit four months later, selling it to a dummy corporation set up by a major campaign contributer, Kevin Hern. (Salon)
  • 4/6/18 The landlords who rented a Washington condo to Pruitt for $50 a night say that they had to change the locks on him because he refused to vacate the property after being asked to do so for months. (Politico)
  • 4/7/18 Is reported that Pruitt's round-the-clock security has cost taxpayers nearly $3 million thus far. (WaPo)
  • 4/7/18 Is reported that Pruitt's agenda to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations has been hobbled by the fact that his new rules are poorly drafted and will be challenged in lawsuits for years, as well as the fact that the promulgation of administrative rules is a long process regardless. (Politico)
  • 4/10/18 The EPA removes a career employee, Mario Caraballo, who signed off on a report that Democrats used to undermine Pruitt's security needs. (Politico)
  • 4/12/18 In a six-page letter signed by two senators and three House congressmen, it is alleged that Pruitt has insisted on staying at luxury hotels and flying on non-approved airlines in order to earn more frequent flier miles. (NYT)
  • 4/16/18 The Government Accountability Office rules that Pruitt violated the law when he installed a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office without notifying Congress. (NYT)
  • 4/18/18 A groupo of 131 representatives and 39 senators sign a resolution calling for Pruitt to resign, the letter citing "no confidence" in Pruitt and his "dramatic" budget cuts an waivers given to employees to work at connected companies while still employed at the EPA. (Hill)(the resolution via Scribd)
  • 4/19/18 Is reported that Pruitt spent about $45,000 of taxpayer money in late August 2017 to send five people to Australia to prepare for a planned trip that was later canceled, several of who flew business-class. (Reuters)
  • 4/26/18 In sworn testimony before Congress, blames his torrent of scandals on staff, and disavows one of his top advisers. (Politico)
  • 5/1/18 Eighteen states sue Trump's administration over its push to "reconsider" greenhous gas emission rules for U.S. vehicles. (WaPo)
  • 5/1/18 Two top EPA officials, Albert "Kell" Kelly and Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, resign in the midst of Pruitt facing multiple investigations ranging from improper use of government funds to ethics issues. (WaPo)
  • 5/3/18 A top EPA official in charge of Pruitt's general communications, Liz Bowman, quits. (Hill)
  • 5/14/18 Is reported that Pruitt requested an around-the-clock personal security detail on his first day as EPA director in February 2017, despite repeated claims that he only later made the request after being heckled on commercial flights by other passengers. (WaPo)
  • 6/1/18 Agency documents reveal that a close aide to Pruitt ordered a set of 12 fountain pens costing the EPA $1,560, each silver pen bearing Pruitt's signature. The order also included a set of journals that cost $1,670. (CNN)
  • 6/4/18 Is reported that in mid-September of 2017, EPA's chief director of scheduling Millan Hupp contacted the Trump International Hotel in Washington with a request from Pruitt to purchase a used mattress from the hotel.(WaPo)
  • 6/5/18 Is reported that three months after being sworn in as director, Pruitt used his status as EPA director and EPA staff to contact Chick-fil-A about a franchisee opportunity for his wife. (WaPo)
  • 6/7/18 Lifts restrictions on chemical companies to evaluate hundreds of toxic chemicals for exposure to air, ground and water. (NYT)
  • 6/20/18 Is reported that Pruitt spent nearly $3,000 on "tactical pants" and "tactical polos." (Intercept)
  • 6/21/18 A previously suppressed report surfaces revealing that the White House concluded that groundwater across the nation, especially around military bases, was contaminated with more toxins than the government realized. Aides to Trump and the EPA pressured the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to hide the report in January 2018 for fear of bad publicity. (NewRepublic)
  • 7/3/18 Is reported that Pruitt and his aides have kept "secret" calendars and schedules to hide meetings and calls with energy industry representatives and others, routinely altering and removing meetings from Pruitt's public calendar. (CNN)
  • 7/3/18 Emails reveal that Pruitt granted exemptions to Utah oil and gas producers from smog rules meant to prevent ailments like asthma. (Politico)
  • 7/3/18 Is reported that in the spring of 2018 Pruitt directly asked Trump to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and instead let him run the Department of Justice. (CNN)
  • 7/5/18 Resigns after becoming the subject of 19 separate inquiries, for ethics violations including spending abuses, first-class travel, secret meetings with lobbyists and energy industry leaders and enlisting aides to seek favors for friends and family. His office is to be filled by deputy director of the EPA Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, until a replacement can be nominated and confirmed. (NYT)
  • 7/6/18 In the final hours of Pruitt's tenure as administrator, the EPA moved to grant a loophole that will allow a major increase in the manufacturing of a diesel freight truck that produces as much as 55 times the air pollution as trucks that have modern emissions controls. (NYT)

 

  • 4/18/19 Is reported that Pruitt has registered as a lobbyist in Indiana (IndyStar)