New York Times: Secrecy Surrounds EPA as Pruitt Quietly Rolls Back Regulations

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Scott Pruitt testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Capitol Hill January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. Pruitt is expected to face tough questioning about his stance on climate change and ties to the oil and gas industry. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The New York Times reports that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has been taking "extraordinary measures to conceal his actions" as he quietly works to roll back Obama-era regulations. According to EPA employees who requested anonymity, Pruitt's team asked employees not to keep records of changes they were ordered to make on a water quality rule and have removed over 1,900 agency webpages on items like climate change. The New York Times' Eric Lipton joins us to discuss his reporting and the current state of the EPA.


Eric Lipton, reporter, The New York Times

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