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Nothing is more important to your health and quality of life than safe drinking water and clean streams and lakes. Across the country, pollution from farms is one of the primary reasons water is no longer clean or safe. Agriculture is the leading source of pollution of rivers and streams surveyed by U.S. government experts, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Thankfully, if we make simple changes in the way we farm, we can take a big step toward clean water.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trump signed an executive order requiring the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to overhaul the Waters of the United States rule – also known as the Clean Water Rule. In 2015, President Obama signed it to protect the drinking water sources of roughly 100 million Americans from industrial and agricultural pollution.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – With Scott Pruitt now installed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump has moved quickly to strike a vital safeguard aimed at protecting the drinking water of 100 million Americans.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

WASHINGTONThe Trump administration’s massive cuts to the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency will cripple the agency’s ability to protect drinking water and air from polluters, and safeguard Americans from exposure to

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Here’s some news you can use as you begin your weekend.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Last Friday, in a near party-line vote, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt as the new Environmental Protection Agency administrator. A swell of controversy surrounded the decision, with an Oklahoma judge ordering about 3,000 of Pruitt’s emails be released to the public a day prior to the vote.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

President Trump and his top aide, Steve Bannon, are charging ahead with their plans to “deconstruct the administrative state,” by threatening vital protections that safeguard food, drinking water, air and public health, said Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thousands of emails between the Oklahoma attorney general’s office and the fossil fuel industry reveal in detail how the state’s former Attorney General Scott Pruitt – now head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – coordinated his attacks on the EPA with oil and gas companies.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Every five years, the government passes an almost-trillion-dollar piece of legislation that profoundly impacts food and farm policy. For decades, big agribusiness has dominated the process, with its interests taking precedence over public health and the environment.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

After today’s vote confirming Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, a number of troubling questions remain as to his impartiality and his commitment to protecting the environment.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The nation’s drinking water and air, safeguards against pesticides, and oversight of big polluters are at risk with the Senate's approval today of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, despite unanswered questions about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry.

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Oklahoma has a dangerous and widespread groundwater pollution problem caused by illegal discharges of toxic swine waste from industrial-scale swine Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs. But an investigation by Waterkeeper Alliance and EWG found that Scott Pruitt – the state’s attorney general since 2011 and President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency – has not taken a single legal action to enforce Oklahoma’s stringent water quality laws and protect the public from a pollutant that can be deadly for infants.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

An Oklahoma state judge today ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator, to release some 3,000 emails between his office and the fossil fuel industry, under a lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy. The judge gave the attorney general’s office until next Tuesday, Feb. 21, to comply with the order, lending urgency to the growing call for a postponement of the Senate’s vote on Pruitt’s confirmation, scheduled for Friday.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Senate is poised to vote tomorrow to install the worst nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator in history: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. His record and statements disqualify him from being entrusted with protecting the nation’s drinking water, air and environment. On the eve of the vote, EWG urges senators to stop and think about what’s at stake.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

EWG joined several members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to postpone a vote on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s confirmation to be Environmental Protection Agency administrator. The request comes as an Oklahoma court has scheduled a hearing for later this week over a lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy, which seeks disclosure of email communications between Pruitt’s office and oil and gas industry officials.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This week the full Senate will likely decide whether to confirm President Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Here are the top 10 reasons to oppose him for the nation’s top environmental job.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Here’s some news you can use as you begin your weekend.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Following last week’s suspension of rules to railroad President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency nominee, Scott Pruitt, through the Republican-led Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, a number of apparently false claims Pruitt made under oath have come to light.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

A poultry waste lagoon subject to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s oversight overflowed after a storm in early 2015, fouling nearby creeks and lakes with chicken manure.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Below is the text of a letter from EWG to the Department of Justice, calling for an investigation into claims made by EPA nominee Scott Pruitt.

 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Environmental Working Group urged the Department of Justice today to investigate whether Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, made false or misleading statements at his confirmation hearing in violation of federal law.

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