EPA Watchdog: White House Blocked Part of Truck Pollution Investigation, Caused Lack of Public Information

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The gift to the trucking and fuel industry was one of Scott Pruitt‘s last acts as EPA Administrator before he resigned under a cloud of ethics violations in July 2018. He was alleged to have used tax payer money for first-class travel, a security detail that surrounded him 24 hours per day, an inexpensive lease in a lobbyist’s apartment, and secretive meetings with executives from the fossil fuel industry, as CNN reported.

The EPA inspector general not only faulted the EPA for failing to conduct a mandatory study into air pollution and how it affects children’s health, but also the White House budget office for failing to provide requested information, according to CNN.

“The lack of analyses caused the public to not be informed of the proposed rule’s benefits, costs, potential alternatives and impacts on children’s health during the public comment period,” the report reads.

The office “refused to provide … specific responses or documentation,” the inspector general said Thursday, as CNN reported. The office claimed that the information was “particularly sensitive.”

The gift to the trucking and fuel industry was one of Scott Pruitt‘s last acts as EPA Administrator before he resigned under a cloud of ethics violations in July 2018. He was alleged to have used tax payer money for first-class travel, a security detail that surrounded him 24 hours per day, an inexpensive lease in a lobbyist’s apartment, and secretive meetings with executives from the fossil fuel industry, as CNN reported.

The EPA inspector general not only faulted the EPA for failing to conduct a mandatory study into air pollution and how it affects children’s health, but also the White House budget office for failing to provide requested information, according to CNN.

“The lack of analyses caused the public to not be informed of the proposed rule’s benefits, costs, potential alternatives and impacts on children’s health during the public comment period,” the report reads.

The office “refused to provide … specific responses or documentation,” the inspector general said Thursday, as CNN reported. The office claimed that the information was “particularly sensitive.”

The gift to the trucking and fuel industry was one of Scott Pruitt‘s last acts as EPA Administrator before he resigned under a cloud of ethics violations in July 2018. He was alleged to have used tax payer money for first-class travel, a security detail that surrounded him 24 hours per day, an inexpensive lease in a lobbyist’s apartment, and secretive meetings with executives from the fossil fuel industry, as CNN reported.

The EPA inspector general not only faulted the EPA for failing to conduct a mandatory study into air pollution and how it affects children’s health, but also the White House budget office for failing to provide requested information, according to CNN.

“The lack of analyses caused the public to not be informed of the proposed rule’s benefits, costs, potential alternatives and impacts on children’s health during the public comment period,” the report reads.

The office “refused to provide … specific responses or documentation,” the inspector general said Thursday, as CNN reported. The office claimed that the information was “particularly sensitive.”

The gift to the trucking and fuel industry was one of Scott Pruitt‘s last acts as EPA Administrator before he resigned under a cloud of ethics violations in July 2018. He was alleged to have used tax payer money for first-class travel, a security detail that surrounded him 24 hours per day, an inexpensive lease in a lobbyist’s apartment, and secretive meetings with executives from the fossil fuel industry, as CNN reported.

The EPA inspector general not only faulted the EPA for failing to conduct a mandatory study into air pollution and how it affects children’s health, but also the White House budget office for failing to provide requested information, according to CNN.

“The lack of analyses caused the public to not be informed of the proposed rule’s benefits, costs, potential alternatives and impacts on children’s health during the public comment period,” the report reads.

The office “refused to provide … specific responses or documentation,” the inspector general said Thursday, as CNN reported. The office claimed that the information was “particularly sensitive.”

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