Shaheen Statement on Resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

July 05, 2018

**Shaheen called for Administrator Pruitt to Resign in Early April for Misuse of Taxpayer Dollars**

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement following the resignation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt:

“I voted against Scott Pruitt for putting corporate interests ahead of public health, and he ignored our environmental safety throughout his tenure while abusing taxpayer dollars and breaking the law,” said Shaheen. “I look forward to working with the next EPA Administrator to protect New Hampshire, combat carbon emissions, provide clean, safe drinking water to our communities affected by PFCs, and address rising sea-levels along our Seacoast.”

Senator Shaheen did not vote for Scott Pruitt and objected to his nomination on the Senate floor for putting corporate interests ahead of American public health. Shaheen called for Pruitt to resign in early April for misuse of taxpayer dollars, and joined 170 members of Congress in introducing a resolution calling for his resignation. Last year Shaheen called for a reversal of proposed EPA cuts, which would devastate Americans’ clean air and water, and last fall she condemned the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, urging the President to consult with scientists and environmental experts and warning of the environmental and economic consequences that will be felt in New Hampshire, the country and around the globe.

Senator Shaheen has led efforts in Congress to uncover the potential health impact of emerging contaminants in water supplies, and in March called on the Administration  to immediately release an important study about the health impacts of PFOA and PFOS. The Trump Administration released the study in late June after hiding its existence from the public and members of Congress for five months, according to a Politico report. Emails released as the result of a public records request showed that a White House official warned the release of the study would pose a “public relations nightmare.”