Scott Pruitt Spent Much of Early Months at EPA Traveling Home: Report

"Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to his home state, Oklahoma, 10 times over three months this year, largely at taxpayer expense, according to a report released Monday.

The findings from the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit group founded by former E.P.A. officials, are drawn from Mr. Pruitt’s calendar and the travel expenses he has submitted for reimbursement. Obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the documents show Mr. Pruitt spent 43 out of 92 days from March through May in Oklahoma or traveling to or from the state.

The report does not assert that Mr. Pruitt’s estimated $12,000 in federally funded airfare, which includes travel to and from his home state, is improper."

Lisa Friedman reports for the New York Times July 24, 2017.


"EPA Chief Spent Almost Half Of Spring In Home State Of Oklahoma" (Reuters)

"Records: EPA Chief Jets Away For Weekends On Taxpayer's Dime" (AP)

"EPA Administrator Pruitt Spends Almost Half His Days Travelling to Oklahoma" (Environmental Integrity Project)

"EPA Head Pruitt Spent $12,000 Of Taxpayer Money Traveling Home This Spring — But Has Yet To Visit Any Of His Regional Offices" (Business Insider)

"EPA: Wanted: Special Agents To Protect Agency Chief" (Greenwire)

"EPA: Big Spike In Security Spending For Pruitt" (Greenwire)

Sen. Whitehouse Turns Over Documents That Could Get Pruitt Disbarred (Newsmax)

"The Energy 202: Pruitt Accused By Watchdog Of Breaking Law By Bashing Paris Deal" (Washington Post)

Source: NY Times, 07/25/2017