Sens. Tom Carper, D-Delaware; Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island; Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts; and Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, requested that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt clarify answers he gave during the confirmation process in light of new information that shows Pruitt was not fully forthcoming in his responses.
In a letter, senators asked that Pruitt also commit to prioritizing transparency at the agency under his leadership.
“Recent reporting and long-delayed disclosure of emails and documents from your time as the Oklahoma Attorney General show that you were not fully forthcoming and truthful with the committee in advance of your confirmation,” the lawmakers wrote. “As members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, we respectfully request that you provide clarification by answering several questions and make specific commitments to promote transparency and accountability at the EPA as preceding administrators have done before you.”
The senators made five specific requests of Pruitt to ensure continued transparency at EPA. In line with longstanding agency policies, they asked that he:
— Correct the record regarding his use of a personal email address to conduct official business.
— Comply with the EPA policy regarding the use of personal email addresses.
— Release his calendar at the end of each month.
— Address concerns about secrecy associated with transition and other appointees.
— Commit to transparent and timely review of Freedom of Information Act requests
The full text of the letter to Pruitt can be found at bit.ly/2n6VBym.