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Source: The Connecticut Post

Blumenthal: reject Trump's pick to head EPA

BY BILL CUMMINGS

Posted: January 23, 2017
Originally Published: January 23, 2017

HARTFORD — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, and a coalition of environmental activists on Monday demanded Congress reject President Donald Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

”A strong, aggressive EPA is now more necessary than ever as our planet faces increased threats,” Blumenthal said.

”Scott Pruitt is plainly unfit for this position in dismissing and denying the need for effective, immediate action to safeguard our planet and precious air, water, land, and health against the scourge of environmental hazards,” Blumenthal added. “His record is radically out of the mainstream — riddled with ties to big oil and likely conflicts of interest.”

Blumenthal said Pruitt has denounced the EPA, dismissed climate change and filed lawsuits to weaken laws designed to keep the air and water clean.

Louis Burch, program director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, echoed Blumenthal’s criticism.

“Mr. Pruitt’s positions on these important issues are deeply alarming and unbecoming of the new head of the EPA,” Burch said. “Our work to move our nation forward on clean energy, fighting toxics and providing clean air and water cannot be allowed to go backwards.”