April 02, 2018
Lobbyist Condo Scandal
Ongoing Pruitt Scandals
FIRST CLASS FLIGHTS: It was revealed that Pruitt often flew first class or charter and military planes at very high cost to taxpayers. Pruitt claimed that harsh public comments required him to fly first class. EPA Inspector General is investigating.
SECRET PHONE BOOTH: Pruitt had a secure communications facility installed next to his office at a cost of $43,000, despite the fact that EPA already has a secure communications facility on another floor. The EPA Inspector General is investigating.
SECRET SCHEDULE: In contrast to long-standing EPA practice, begun by President Reagan’s EPA chief William Ruckelshaus, Pruitt kept his schedule of events secret until forced to release it. The schedule us now is only released retrospectively, with major details redacted.
INSIDER INFLUENCE: Following a meeting with Fitzgerald Trucks, EPA created a loophole for the company’s high polluting trucks. Pruitt met with the American Petroleum Institute as EPA attempted to lift limits on methane pollution from oil and gas operations. Pruitt met with Pebble Limited Partnership, a Canadian mining company, then cleared the way for their mining operation that threatened Alaskan fishing with pollution. The pattern has been repeated in other cases.
PARTISAN MONITORING OF EMPLOYEES: A partisan political firm with an EPA contract to do “media monitoring” investigated the personal political leans of EPA employees suspected of not supporting the Trump administration.