Dear Senator (Sent to both Senator Tammy Duckworth and Senator Richard J. Durbin),
We need to be able to trust that the EPA will protect our air, water, land and health. But Scott Pruitt has worked so closely with polluters, even suing the EPA more than a dozen times. How can we trust that he will protect our health and safety?
The Center for Media and Democracy and the ACLU of Oklahoma sued Pruitt for violating the Oklahoma Open Records Act by failing to provide public access to official emails and other documents for more than two years, while he was Oklahoma’s attorney general. An Oklahoma district judge ruled that he must release up to 3,000 of these emails. Congress should postpone consideration of the Pruitt nomination until those emails (between him and fossil fuel companies) have been delivered and examined for conflicts of interest while Scott Pruitt was attorney general of Oklahoma.
Pruitt has sued the EPA to block commonsense protections that are critical for clean air, clean water and our health, including the Clean Water Rule, limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from power plants, soot and smog that crosses state lines and has serious health consequences for communities living downwind, and even improving air quality in our national parks.
Please postpone the vote on Scott Pruitt or, if a vote is called, please oppose his confirmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.