ibusinesslines.com September 21, 2018

SD ag groups scrutinize EPA Administrator Pruitt's visit

16 June 2018, 01:43 | Justin Tyler

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outlines the regulatory reform his agency has already achieved

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outlines the regulatory reform his agency has already achieved

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt enlisted a top aide to help his wife find a job a year ago, the Washington Post reports, a potential violation of federal ethics rules that prohibit public officials from using their office for private gain.

"There seems to be no bottom to this ethics catastrophe with Scott Pruitt".

He said no other administration would allow Pruitt to keep his job.

A spokesman for the Judicial Crisis Network confirmed Tuesday that it employed the onetime school nurse "temporarily as an independent contractor, " but it did not disclose via e-mail how long she worked there or what she was paid.

"We thank Administrator Pruitt for coming to Kansas and listening to our concerns and current challenges", Renew Kansas Chairman and Western Plains Energy CEO Derek Peine, said.

"It's important to hear directly from the community that EPA regulates, and today we heard from farmers and utility workers about the impact of the Agency's work", Pruitt said in a statement. Taxpayers spent more than $100,000 on the trip, which included private tours of the Vatican and meals at some of Rome's finest restaurants.

After touring a farm operated by Adam Schindler and his family in Reliance, Pruitt addressed a group of about 50 farmers and other people with interests in agriculture in a building on the Schindler property.

Pruitt faces somewhere around a dozen investigations into things like first-class travel costs and relationships with lobbyists, and it was recently reported Pruitt used his office to try to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise in Tulsa. But the search and hiring raises more ethics questions about Scott Pruitt's use of EPA staff as well as his contacts with GOP contributors and outside allies for his personal benefit. "So, you know, we could - that might be a good swap".

When asked whether EPA has the authority to repeal the finding, Pruitt said Congress has never acted on the issue or spoken on it.

Ingraham, herself a key media ally of Trump, said Pruitt was "hurting the president".

"We had one farmer that was pretty outspoken and he told him we were mad as hell and we are", McCauley said,"he just had nerve to say it".

Inhofe told the paper he has requested a face-to-face meeting with Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, to discuss the allegations of ethical misconduct dogging him, saying that Pruitt would be "in a very awkward position not to answer to me, and to answer me truthfully", if they sat down together.

In 2017, for example, he approached Deason on whether the Dallas-based investor would be able to hire Marlyn Pruitt.

Other News

Trending Now

Woman sues NASA to keep moon dust
Murray, who's now Laura Cicco, didn't see the vial for decades after that day, though she kept the autograph in her bedroom. Davis' late husband, who was an engineer on Apollo 11 -the spacecraft that took Armstrong to space, gave her the item.

Iran's coach Queiroz slams Nike over World Cup boots
The Nike controversy, just days before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation , has put Iran in a tough spot. Both teams are making their fifth appearance at a World Cup . "Players get used to their sports equipment", Queiroz said.

Egypt coach, Cuper provides final update on Mohamed Salah ahead Uruguay clash
Salah's absence came as a surprise after coach Hector Cuper had said on Thursday he was nearly 100 percent certain to play . Mohamed Salah has not been named in Egypt's starting XI as they begin their World Cup campaign against Uruguay .

U.S. summit to help achieve settlement on Korean Peninsula: Russian FM
But we did have China's Foreign Ministry spokesman there, hinting that China is not wedded to the sanctions on North Korea. Trump has forgone this traditional diplomatic approach for one that could potentially make negotiations more agile.

England agree to handshake as Australia go on charm offensive
It was also the first of a five-match series between 2019 World Cup hosts England and reigning champions Australia . Morgan said his players must learn from that embarrassing result in Edinburgh when they face Australia .

Kellogg Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Nationwide Over Salmonella Risk
If you have any of the cereal, even if some has been eaten without illness, throw the rest of it away and return it for a refund. More than 60 people have reportedly been infected by the strain and 31 have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

Donald Trump approves 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods
It's what economists and business leaders call a cost-benefit analysis, and Trump is arguing it will be worth it in the end. Less than a month after the Trump administration declared that the China trade war was "on hold", it appears to be back on.