January 17, 2017

Wyden to Oppose Pruitt for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today went to the Senate floor to express his opposition to the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  

“Mr. Pruitt’s career is defined by repeated attempts to weaken or eliminate health-based environmental standards, worker protections, air quality standards for toxic air pollutants, and limits on carbon emissions to take on the challenge of climate change,” Wyden said. “These rollbacks would hurt everyone, but they would especially hurt children, low-income households, communities of color and elderly individuals.

“Americans need to trust that the EPA will be able to defend their communities from air pollution or from water contamination. The EPA plays a critical role in ensuring clean and safe water – whether that water is running through a mountain stream or through a pipe to a Portland kitchen.”

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Pruitt’s nomination tomorrow. A Senate floor vote has not yet been scheduled.

Video of the floor speech is available here.