Calendars of senior Environmental Protection Agency political appointees including Reginald Allen, Nancy Beck, Brittany Bolen, Byron Brown, Kevin Chmielewski, Mike Flynn and Ryan Jackson. You can read more details below.
Feb. 27, 2017: A letter to Sec. Scott Pruitt from the American Chemistry Council signed by Komal K. Jain, the executive manager of the Biocides Panel. The letter congratulates Pruitt on his confirmation to the EPA, and advocates for the reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA).
Feb. 28, 2017: Auto Alliance President & CEO Mitch Bainwol invited Pruitt to meet with the alliance’s board in April 2017 The letter includes a handwritten note from Bainwol underneath his signature: “We look forward to welcoming you back to the Alliance in your new capacity. It’s an incredibly interesting time for mobility and your efforts will frame the future very significantly.”
April 19, 2017: Roger S. Penske, chairman of Penske Automotive, sent a letter to Pruitt requesting the repeal of regulations specific to “the sale and assembly of Glider Kits.” Glider kits allow newer truck frames to be outfitted with older engines that were built before current emissions standards. One of Pruitt’s last moves before his July 2018 resignation was to create a loophole allowing for an increase in glider truck manufacturing by groups like Fitzgerald Glider Kits.
April 28, 2017: A meeting request form, in which Geoff Moody, vice president of government relations with American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), requested that Pruitt attend a June meeting with the AFPM executive committee at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The expected attendees include executives from Phillips 66, Valero Energy, Tesoro, INEOS, HollyFrontier, Marathon Petroleum, Western Refining Company, CVR Energy, ExxonMobil, AltairStrickland, and PBF Energy.
May 10, 2017: A detailed memo for a meeting with the American Chemistry Council to “discuss the role of EPA in the antimicrobial pesticide and chemical industry” as well as PRIA and the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).
July 5, 2017: EPA Executive Scheduler Madeline Morris forwarded a speaking invitation for Pruitt to Senior Ethics Counsel Justina Fugh. The invitation was for the October 2017 BG Products International Sales Convention in Nashville, and was sent by Charlie Polston, a BG Products consultant. Fugh’s reply to Morris is heavily redacted. EPA Deputy Director for Scheduling Millan Hupp approved the speaking event in an email dated Aug. 11.
Sept. 20, 2017: Dean A. Reuter, vice president and general counsel at the Federalist Society, sent an invitation to Pruitt for the Federalist Society’s annual National Lawyers Convention in November. There is an event request form for Pruitt to attend the convention on page 4,481.
Dec. 4–5, 2017: Hayley Ford, EPA deputy White House liaison and Pruitt’s personal aide, sent an email to agency ethics official Jennie Keith requesting an ethics review for Pruitt’s planned address at a conference for the Florida chapters of the Federalist Society. (An event request form for the event can be found on pages 4,479 and 4,480. The Federalist Society is described as a “Like minded organization” on the form.) Keith replied that there were no ethics concerns for this particular conference, but wrote: “If EPA continues to accept event requests from the Federalist Society, then we need to think about creating a memorandum of understanding or something akin. Without a formal relationship in place, it could appear that EPA is giving preferential treatment to the Federalist Society.”
Hurricane Response Reports
Pages 4,547–4,562: An update on the response to Hurricane Harvey dated Sept. 12, 2017.
Pages 4,577–4,599: A report update dated Oct. 2, 2017, on Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Other Notes of Interest
Page 4,473: A meeting request from the American Council for Capital Formation “to celebrate the Administrator’s leadership of the EPA and to have a conversation with business and policy leaders about the EPA’s agenda today.”
Page 4,475: Meeting request form from the Conservative Action Project for Pruitt to attend one of its weekly leadership meetings.
Page 4,477: Meeting request form for Pruitt to attend a weekly meeting with Americans for Tax Reform.
Pages 4,489–4,457: A presentation titled “Initial 2017 Employee Viewpoint Survey Results” by the Workforce Planning Branch of the Office of Human Resources dated Aug. 23, 2017. The last slide compares employee responses to 2016 survey results. The survey results include a 2 percent drop in the number of employees who believe that EPA’s “senior leaders maintain high standards of honesty and integrity” and a 3 percent drop in the number who “have a high level of respect for my organization’s senior leaders.”
Page 4,618: A confidential schedule for a May 18–21, 2017, weekend event hosted by the Council for National Policy. Attendees listed on the schedule include then Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Heritage Foundation founder Dr. Edwin J. Feulner Jr. Pruitt spoke on the first full day of the conference.
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