As part of our investigation into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s mismanagement of the agency, American Oversight has obtained and released copies of Pruitt’s calendars from February through May 2017. The calendars show extensive meetings with energy and chemical industry executives and lobbyists and provide a deeper look at how Pruitt has been spending his time at the head of the nation’s environmental regulator.
Statement from American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers:
“These calendars show in black-and-white what we already suspected: that Administrator Pruitt has an open-door policy at the EPA for polluters, the fossil fuel industry, and other special interests. Instead of focusing on protecting our families and the environment from pollution, Pruitt has worked in secret to turn the EPA into an ally and tool of the corporations he’s supposed to be regulating. Administrator Pruitt’s has launched an unprecedented assault on transparency, but American Oversight will continue to fight to ensure that his actions receive the full scrutiny they deserve.”
American Oversight submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the EPA on April 5, 2017 seeking copies of Pruitt’s calendars. After more than two months of waiting for the EPA to provide the calendars, we filed a lawsuit on June 27 to force the agency to comply with the law.
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