Nebraska groups react to Pruitt's resignation

10 July, 2018, 17:44 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally in Great Falls Montana

The committee wrote in a Tuesday letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that reports by the Government Accountability Office and the EPA's inspector general office cited gaps in the agency's management of accountability over contractors, such as overbilling issues and lack of awareness on the number of contractors with "significant" data security responsibilities.

In July 2017, after Fitzgerald Glider Kits petitioned EPA to do so, the agency announced it meant to revisit the Phase 2 glider kit provisions.

The move by the EPA came after intense lobbying by a small set of manufacturers that sell glider trucks, which use old engines built before new technologies significantly reduced emissions of particulates and nitrogen oxide that are blamed for asthma, lung cancer and other ailments.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.

Glider production had increased from 1,000 in 2010 to 10,000 in 2015, and Obama's EPA estimated that if those trends continued, the trucks would account for half of all truck-caused nitrogen oxide pollution by 2030.

She said EPA took into consideration "public comments received as well as engagement with stakeholders" before determining that "additional evaluation of a number of matters is required before it can take final action on one or more aspects of the [repeal] proposal". She noted that one option the agency is considering is extending to December 31, 2019 the compliance date for the 300-unit limit.

The Nebraska Sierra Club is among the environmental groups that welcomed the resignation.

Gov. Pete Ricketts said in a statement that Pruitt helped decrease red tape that had previously harmed Nebraska businesses.

Block did not respond when asked what role, if any, Wheeler played in the decision. "In 2018, small manufacturers are limited to no more than 300 gliders" by the rule.

Now, President Donald Trump has the chance to nominate someone ethically upstanding to run the EPA into irrelevance.



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