Scott Pruitt’s Mismanagement of the EPA

Under Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency has become an increasingly secretive organization - making it difficult for the public and the press to understand how and why major policy decisions are being made.

What We’re Seeking

  • Investor Carl Icahn’s communications with the EPA regarding environmental regulations.
  • Call logs and calendars for Scott Pruitt and other senior EPA officials.
  • Communications and materials associated with grant solicitation and review process.
  • Records of Scott Pruitt’s travel on government or private aircraft.

Background

During his tenure as Oklahoma’s Attorney General, current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly took several steps to obscure his email communications – and the EPA is already facing allegations of excessive secrecy. It has been reported that on numerous occasions Pruitt sent or received emails regarding government business from his personal email account. Second, it has recently come to light that he used two different government email addresses while serving as Attorney General. Neither of those details was properly disclosed to the Senate during his confirmation process.

American Oversight obtained records sufficient to evaluate how Pruitt has been conducting agency business since taking over as the head of the EPA. His calendars reveal that he spends his time meeting with industry lobbyists and energy and chemical executives over environmental advocacy groups.

As Pruitt continues to work in secret to use the EPA to benefit corporations, American Oversight will continue seeking records to expose the truth.

Updates

Update: EPA IG Refuses to Investigate Controversial Contract

December 20, 2017
The EPA’s Inspector General has informed American Oversight that it will not be investigating the agency’s awarding of a government contract to a politically-connected consulting firm. American Oversight and the Environmental Working Group had previously called for an IG investigation into the EPA's controversial no-bid contract with Definers Public Affairs.

American Oversight Statement on Carl Icahn Investigation

November 8, 2017
American Oversight released the following statement after reports that Trump administration advisor Carl Icahn had been subpoenaed by the U.S Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York regarding his role in influencing biofuel policy.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Calendars Show Deep Industry Connections

October 3, 2017
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's calendars from February through May 2017 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. 
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July 28, 2017

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FOIA Request to EPA Email Accounts Associated with Scott Pruitt

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FOIA Request to EPA Emails Between Pruitt and Staff and Congress

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