Environmental activist dislikes former EPA boss Pruitt, and his successor

Bill Grady
July 06, 2018 - 6:56 am

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With the departure of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a Kansas City-area advocate sees more to worry about with Pruitt's apparent replacement.

President Donald Trump accepted Pruitt's resignation Thursday, saying he had done an outstanding job. Pruitt stepped down amid mounting controversies, citing what he called "unrelenting attacks" against him.

Andrew Wheeler, Pruitt's deputy, takes over at the EPA on Monday.

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, told KMBZ in an exclusive interview that Wheeler's appointment could spell big trouble. Wheeler was a lobbyist for the coal industry before he was confiremed as EPA deputy director in April. 

Krupp worries about bodies of water in Kansas and Missouri.

"The course of EPA now is to take away safeguards that have been in place for all these many decades," Krupp said. "You've got lakes and rivers and streams in your area -- you should be concerned."

Industry lobbyists transitioning into official government positions has been a problem for years, Krupp said. He recommends people complain to their elected representatives.

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