The petition to Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins, Jr. reads:
"Investigate Scott Pruitt's systematic actions to withhold information from the public about water contamination by not releasing research and banning journalists."
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The week before, news broke that EPA chief Scott Pruitt had quietly buried an EPA study on a nationwide water contamination crisis.3 The study found that a class of chemicals contaminating water supplies across a large region endangers human health when present at far lower levels than the EPA has previously called safe.4
Pruitt's efforts to keep the public in the dark about serious health risks are unethical, authoritarian and dangerous. The AP's executive editor called the selective banning of journalists “a direct threat to the public’s right to know about what is happening inside their government.”5 We must respond to that threat.
Tell the EPA inspector general: Investigate Scott Pruitt for hiding research and banning journalists. Click here to sign the petition.
This is not normal – but it is frighteningly easy to see how we got here. Trump's contempt for journalists and his shameless disregard for democratic norms have made his top officials feel free to conduct what should be public business without the pesky eyes of the public watching them.
When the government hides environmental risks, our communities are less safe. And when public officials get to pick and choose which journalists are allowed to cover them, our democracy is less safe too.
The only way to check the Trump regime's authoritarian advances is to resist them at every turn. The independent EPA inspector general has the authority to investigate Pruitt's actions. If we are loud enough in our demands, we can persuade the inspector general to investigate and build political pressure for Pruitt to be more transparent or to heed the growing calls for him to resign.
Tell the EPA inspector general: Investigate Scott Pruitt for hiding research and banning journalists. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Brandy Doyle, CREDO
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