Jan 18, 2017 - 3:00pm

Oklahoma Business Groups Back Scott Pruitt to Run EPA


Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, nominee to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee confirmation hearing.

Oklahoma State Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to run EPA. Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is a holding confirmation hearing on Pruitt’s nomination.

As Senators question Pruitt on how he’ll run a federal agency that affects businesses across the country, they should note that business leaders who know him best think highly of him.

Fred Morgan, President and CEO of the State Chamber of Oklahoma, said in a statement when Pruitt’s nomination was announced:

While Oklahoma will miss him, we know he will be a strong advocate for appropriate government intervention and push back against federal overreach against businesses. He has faithfully upheld the rule of law in Oklahoma and we know he will do the same in Washington.

Mike Neal, President and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, added:

As attorney general, Scott has played an integral role in attempting to rein in a pattern of overreaching EPA regulations. For too long, the EPA has operated without congressional oversight or fair input from the business community. Actions such as the Waters of the U.S. rule and Clean Power Plan, in particular, have harmed job growth and threatened the constitutional authority of states to control their own interests. As administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, we have no doubt Scott will bring a practical, balanced viewpoint to Washington as the Trump administration works to roll back this overreach.

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