Dem AGs renew call for Pruitt to recuse himself from climate rule repeal process

Dem AGs renew call for Pruitt to recuse himself from climate rule repeal process
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Democratic state attorneys general are renewing their call for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: EPA to make formal decision on regulating drinking water contaminant | Utility to close coal plant despite Trump plea | Greens say climate is high on 2020 voters’ minds EPA to announce PFAS chemical regulation plans by end of year Court tosses challenge to EPA's exclusion of certain scientists from advisory boards MORE to recuse himself from the process of repealing the agency’s climate change rule for power plants.

The group of attorneys general representing 16 states, cities and counties argue Pruitt has demonstrated that he doesn’t have an open mind on the Clean Power Plan, thus violating the expectations of due process and fairness in regulatory proceedings.

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“The American people are entitled to an impartial decision-maker. EPA Administrator Pruitt simply cannot be that person,” California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: Court rules for Trump in environmental case over border wall | House bill would stop Alaska refuge drilling | Ads target Dems over Green New Deal Appeals court sides with Trump in border wall prototype dispute The Hill's Morning Report - Trump speech was great theater but unlikely to change much MORE (D), who is leading the charge, said in a statement.

“He must be recused from any involvement in the EPA's attempt to repeal the Clean Power Plan.”

As attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt frequently sued the Obama administration's EPA over its policies, including the Clean Power Plan.

Becerra’s coalition previously asked Pruitt to recuse himself in January from the deregulatory process, renewing their call this week for him to do so.

The newest filing, made late Thursday, cites new evidence to back up their claim, like Pruitt saying the EPA “acted outside of rule of law, and they acted outside of the scope of authority given to them by the U.S. Congress” in February and saying just this week that “by repealing and replacing the so-called Clean Power Plan, we are ending a one-size-fits-all regulation on energy providers and restoring the rule of law.”

The EPA did not respond to a request for comment.

Thursday marked the deadline for the public and stakeholders to file comments on the EPA’s plan to repeal its climate change rule for power plants.