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EPA head touts ‘back-to-basics’ agenda

Joe Mont | April 19, 2017

What does the future hold for the Environmental Protection Agency?

During a recent speech at a coalmine in Pennsylvania, President Donald J. Trump’s pick to head the agency, announced a “back-to-basics” agenda

The agenda, he said, refocuses the EPA on its intended mission, “returning power to the states, and creating an environment where jobs can grow.”

A driving force in redefining the EPA’s mission, Pruitt said, is the President’s recent Energy Independence Executive Order, which directs federal agencies to review the Clean Power Plan and revise regulatory barriers that impede energy independence, “including unnecessary burdens on coal miners and coal-fired electric utilities.”

Pruitt recently signed four notices to review and, if...

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