EPA is increasingly dominated by people who have spent decades fighting to block environmental safeguards, undermining science, and lobbying for polluters.
The polluters running EPA
Literally a coal lobbyist
Current role: Acting administrator of EPA following Pruitt’s resignation
Former job: Lobbyist for Murray Energy, one of the nation’s largest coal companies, as well as other energy companies with business in front of the EPA.
Tearing down clear air protections
Current role: Head of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and responsible for implementing our clean air laws
Former job: Long career representing some of the biggest air polluters including the American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, and Utility Air Regulatory Group. He has sued EPA 31 times to tear down clear air protections.2
Undermining chemical safety
Current role: Deputy Assistant Administrator Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Former job: 5 years at the main chemical industry lobbying group
Beck has many conflicts of interests.
Letting polluters off the hook
Current role: Head of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance
Former job: Lobbyist representing clients who helped to contaminate drinking water in Hoosick Falls, NY and other toxic sites, including those with hundreds of Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act violations.3
Current role: Deputy Director of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance
Former job: Attorney for clients facing Clean Air Act violations including chemical manufacturers and coal-fired power plant owners and operators4
Attacks go beyond staffing
Aside from hiring decisions, the policies at Trump’s EPA are threating our children by slashing budgets, rolling back environmental safeguards, and putting politics over science.
- Adviser to EPA chief cited for federal banking violations, ABC News
- Trump riles Dems with pick for powerful EPA job, The Hill
- Donald Trump's pick for EPA enforcement officer was a lobbyist for superfund polluters, The Intercept
- Pruitt names lawyer who cefended Kochs Industries as a top EPA law enforcer, EcoWatch