Ex-EPA chief Pruitt Enrolls as energy lobbyist in Indiana
Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, enrolled as an energy lobbyist from Indiana because interests there are struggling to block the suggested closure of power plants.
Several clues point to focus on behalf of the coal market, although A lobbying disclosure report for Pruitt provides insight into what he’s doing in Indiana. The disclosure lists an address for Pruitt also says he is a self-employed consultant who will be lobbying on issues between energy and natural resources.
Pruitt client is recorded as RailPoint Solutions LLC, a Delaware corporation created in January which does not have any recorded street address or website. However, the variant of Pruitt lists the name Heather Tryon because the manager of the company. That’s in addition this chief officer of Terre Haute-based Sunrise Coal, which operates four coal mines in the state’s name.
Pruitt, who had been Oklahoma’s attorney general before being tapped as EPA administrator, did not respond to an e mail seeking comment on Thursday evening or your voice message. His lobbying filing was first reported Thursday by The Indianapolis Star.
Two Indiana utilities announced plans to shutter nearly all their power plants. Appeals have filed . Meanwhile, a few Republicans in the state House have been pushing a measure that seeks to set a moratorium on the building of wind farms or new power plants.
Although Pruitt’s disclosure form lists him self-employed, say records indicate that the paperwork was filed by Christi Heiney. The lobbying company represents an array of customers which include power and power companies. Heiney didn’t respond to your voice message or email Thursday.
While downplaying the possible dangers Pruitt has been a staunch advocate for the continued use of coal and other fossil fuels. He was forced to resign last year amid a tide of ethics scandals, such as dwelling in a Capitol Hill condominium attached to a power lobbyist.
Following the death of Pruitt, President Donald Trump selected military industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to function as the nation’s top environmental official.
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