American Rivers Statement on Senate Committee’s Vote to Support Pruitt for EPA

February 2, 2017

February 2, 2017

Amy Kober, 503-708-1145

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today, with no Democrats present, supported the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In response, Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, released the following statement:

“Scott Pruitt is the wrong choice to lead EPA and we are disappointed the Committee voted to move his nomination forward.”

“Clean water is essential for every American. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Scott Pruitt has consistently worked to undermine clean water safeguards. He has fought to overturn protections for streams that provide drinking water for millions of Americans and sided with polluters at the expense of ordinary citizens.”

“Americans deserve an EPA Administrator who will protect our rivers and clean water. When the Pruitt nomination comes to the floor, the full Senate should reject his nomination.”


American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 250,000 members, supporters and volunteers.

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