Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been told that President Trump is organizing a handful of executive orders that will be related to that agency, to be signed once a new administrator is established, two sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Wednesday.
These sources, who of course do not want to be named, leaked that a senior EPA official had been briefed by the White House and that executive orders were mentioned. This was at a meeting of staffers in the EPA’s Office of General Counsel on Tuesday, but didn’t provide any details about what those orders will say. “It was just a heads up to expect some executive orders, that’s it,” one of the sources said.
The 2nd source said attendees at this meeting were told Trump would sign between 2 to 5 executive orders. Trump’s pick to run this agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is being scheduled to face a Senate confirmation vote on Friday, according to one Senate aide, after a contentious hearing last month in which lawmakers pressed him on his ties to the oil industry. Pruitt did sue the EPA more than a dozen times when he was the head prosecutor for the gas and oil produced in his state of Oklahoma.
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Trump has made the promised to cut U.S. Environmental Regulation as a way to strengthen the coal mining and drilling industries, but has vowed to do so without compromising water and air quality. He also has doubts about the science that is behind climate change as well as promising during this campaign to pull the United States out of a global pact to combat it.
These positions have been a worry to the EPA staff, and have concern about his administration will cut the EPA’s budget, critical programs and scientific research.
There was no administration official responds when a request for comment was made.
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