Environmental Groups Urge Sanders, Leahy To Oppose Trump’s Science-Denying EPA Pick

Taylor Dobbs, Vermont Public Radio (VPR)

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) was one of the 11 organizations campaigning against Pruitt’s confirmation. CLF Senior Attorney Chris Kilian says Pruitt’s record is fundamentally at odds with the mission of the EPA.

“We’re very concerned that an attorney general that has been a lead in suing the Environmental Protection Agency to limit the scope of the agency’s authority, undermine critical Clean Air Act protections both on toxic pollutants and on climate change, and seeking to significantly curtail the scope and function of the federal Clean Water Act shouldn’t be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Kilian said.

Kilian added: “There is just a very clear and impossible-to-reconcile conflict in his background, his advocacy history and the job that he’s proposed to take on.”

Joining CLF in submitting a letter to Sanders and Leahy were the Lake Champlain Committee, the Vermont chapter of the Sierra Club, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Vermont Conservation Voters, Lake Champlain International, the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, Renewable Energy Vermont, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and 350Vermont.

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