Top environmental group preparing to sue Trump’s EPA

Top environmental group preparing to sue Trump’s EPA
© Greg Nash

A top environmental advocacy group is preparing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helmed by Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Senate panel sets Pruitt hearing | Colorado joins California with tougher emissions rules | Court sides with Trump on coal leasing program Pruitt to testify before Senate panel in August Lots of conservatives hate Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout — that’s a big political problem MORE, for the agency's rollback of environmental protections under the Trump administration.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President Rhea Suh told supporters in a note obtained by the Washington Examiner on Saturday that the federal court system is the best "antidote" to Pruitt's policies.

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"It's a new year, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to roll back the clock on environmental protections and drag us back decades," Suh wrote in the letter to supporters.

"The best antidote to Pruitt's illegal attacks on our environment? Federal court," she adds. "We're gearing up to file suits on dozens of fronts in the year ahead."

In a tweet Saturday, the group also quoted former EPA chief Carol Browner, who attacked Pruitt's leadership of the agency.

"Under Pruitt, what [the EPA is] doing is conscientiously tearing the place down," Browner said.

In the note, Suh notes a number of priorities for the NRDC in the year ahead, including preventing Pruitt from "greenlighting" neonicotinoid pesticides, which some scientists say pose a risk to pollinating insects such as bees.

The NRDC joined a number of groups last year in an unsuccessful push against President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE's "one in, two out" executive order, which directs federal agencies to repeal two regulations for each new one they issue.

“President Trump’s order would deny Americans the basic protections they rightly expect,” Suh said in a statement last year. “New efforts to stop pollution don’t automatically make old ones unnecessary.”

“When you make policy by tweet, it yields irrational rules,” she added. “This order imposes a false choice between clean air, clean water, safe food and other environmental safeguards.”