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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 01:29 AM

Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say

Source: MSN/NY Times

WASHINGTON — When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are summoned to a meeting with the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access to the floor where his office is, according to interviews with employees of the federal agency.

Doors to the floor are now frequently locked, and employees have to have an escort to gain entrance.

Some employees say they are also told to leave behind their cellphones when they meet with Mr. Pruitt, and are sometimes told not to take notes.

Mr. Pruitt, according to the employees, who requested anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs, often makes important phone calls from other offices rather than use the phone in his office, and he is accompanied, even at E.P.A. headquarters, by armed guards, the first head of the agency to ever request round-the-clock security.

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/scott-pruitt-is-carrying-out-his-epa-agenda-in-secret-critics-say/ar-AApTG3N



Wonder whether Glenn Greenwald, Thom Hartmann and Jill Stein would say that Scott Pruitt is heroically fighting against leaks by the deepstate federal employees at the EPA?

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Reply Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say (Original post)
TomCADem Saturday OP
Angry Dragon Saturday #1
Marthe48 Saturday #4
Kablooie Saturday #2
democratisphere Saturday #3
Sunlei Saturday #5
tavernier Saturday #6
modrepub Saturday #8
tavernier Saturday #9
Initech Saturday #7

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 02:46 AM

1. he sounds like a COCKroach

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 10:34 AM

4. He's a COCK something

but really, he sounds like a great big chicken. Can't wait for the FBI to do a no knock raid on his house. Just for fun. Another giant pos.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 03:38 AM

2. He knows his agenda will horrify most of America.

So, like other Republican plans, has to be developed in secret.
They are all paranoid pricks.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 05:00 AM

3. More redumbliCON subversion.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 11:15 AM

5. I read the EPA already lost millions in fines because they aren't watching over polluters anymore.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 03:23 PM

6. Im staying on a farm in Indiana until October,

visiting my daughter, so I've been perusing the local papers. Today I read an article in Farm World about Pruitt in a column called Hoosier Ag Today by Gary Truitt.
In a nutshell he states that for the past eight years EPA had declared war on agriculture with the implementation of the Waters of the U.S. rule, where farmers found themselves being fined for plowing a field that had never had water in it, with great economic consequences from this and other government manipulation. Truitt further states that Pruitt has met with local farmers and state officials and is serious about changing things. He ends the column by saying that "this does not mean that we are going to get everything we want from the EPA, but at least someone at the top of the agency will listen to agriculture's point of view."

So, does he have a point, or am I missing something? I'm not a farm or country person, but I'm trying to see things from a perspective of people who may not be so opposed to him. If there is me an argument to counter this article, please post and I will bounce it around with my SIL farmer.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:57 PM

8. My experience

I was a state field inspector in the solid waste program 25 years ago. Can tell you our regulations had exceptions for most agricultural endeavors. Had one "farmer" who took different food wastes and fed them to pigs and steer. It was a nasty operation that most of his neighbors had strong objections to; think yards of egg shells and food waste sitting in a field in 90 degree August heat.

Seriously, most of the problems our states have with the farming community are inappropriate application of animal manure, animals being allowed into the waters of the commonwealth and over application of fertilizers. In just about all of these instances its a few individual farmers who do not follow best practices. From a regulatory perspective, trying to get "cooperation" from those who do not follow best farming practices leads to an immediate appeal to the local media, ag district and or government representative to complain about government over reach. In my inspector days there were some attempts to have the ag officials go out and talk directly to these individuals with varying levels of success. I do think self policing is the best way to get people to do what they are supposed to do but some people don't or will not recognize boundaries.

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Response to modrepub (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 05:26 PM

9. Thanks for this.

I can now better see both sides of the story.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Aug 12, 2017, 03:28 PM

7. Fuck this fucking administration!!!

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