Lawmaker asks for response to questions related to climate change, fuel efficiency standards, toxic chemicals, and EPA budget and administration
Washington (January 18, 2018) – In advance of his appearance before the Environment and Public Works Committee later in January, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) today queried Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt about controversial changes to EPA policy that endanger public and environmental health and safety and run counter to EPA’s stated mission to protect “human health and the environment” and to ensure that “national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information.” In his letter, Senator Markey asks for justification for key decisions Administrator Pruitt has made regarding climate change, fuel efficiency standards, the agency’s budget, and toxic chemicals, many of which have lacked transparency and scientific justification.
“NASA has declared 2017 the second-hottest year in history, and Administrator Pruitt is in the hot seat to explain the EPA’s refusal to act on climate change,” said Senator Markey, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “Mr. Pruitt has inexplicably ignored his own agency experts and other scientific expertise on toxic chemicals and fuel efficiency standards, all while restricting agency resources on monitoring and enforcement. Administrator Pruitt is not only abdicating his responsibility to the American people, he seems to be showing willful neglect of the EPA’s mission. It is past time to explain to the American people why he continues to endanger public health and give corporate polluters a free pass.”
A copy of Senator Markey’s letter can be found HERE.
In the letter, Senator Markey asks for responses to dozens of questions that include: