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Oilman Pruitt approved for EPA by Senate, Trump gives surface mining green light

Friday, February 17, 2017 12:35
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The US Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, despite qualms from some Democratic lawmakers about how Pruitt might lead an agency that he has clashed with in the past.

The Senate cleared Pruitt by a vote of 52-46 on Friday afternoon.

Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, has been catapulted from the US’s oil-producing heartland to the centre of global policymaking on climate change, stirring concern among some green groups about whether he might impede progress on cutting carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, President Trump on Friday signed a measure to cancel a rule initiated by his predecessor that would have prohibited surface mining within 100 feet of streams and would have tightened requirements for conducting environmental studies.

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