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Reports From Inside EPA Say Trump May Kill the Agency's Enforcement Office
According to reports from Inside EPA, the Trump Environmental Protection Agency is considering shutting down the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), a move which would echo the president's nominee Scott Pruitt's move to close his own environmental enforcement unit as Attorney General of Oklahoma.
"Scott Pruitt endangered the health and welfare of Oklahomans when closed his own environmental enforcement unit there, and now it looks like he wants to do the exact same thing at the EPA, imperiling families across America," said Liz Perera, Sierra Club climate policy director. "Corporate polluters are not going to wake up and suddenly start policing themselves simply because Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt don't care what happens to our air and water."
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