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EPA head meets with Western governorsEPA head meets with Western governors

The message was clear: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to connect with states on environmental policy.

March 8, 2017

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Scott Pruitt, new head of EPA, met with Western governors recently to discuss key issues.Aaron P. Bernstein/Stringer/Getty Images

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is wasting no time in getting his message to the states. He recently met with 12 members of the Western Governors Association for a breakfast roundtable discussion.

This was a non-partisan group of governors representing Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, according to an EPA release.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock noted that the association "wants a better state and federal partnership." Bullock is also chairman of the WGA.

Pruitt, the recently confirmed EPA administrator, has already met with 18 governors and lieutenant governors and is working on what he says is his promise for an open door policy, and a new partnership with the states.

"I look forward to working together with the Western governors on issues unique to the Western states and with each of these governors on issues important to their individual states. These governors and their states are great stewards of their natural resources. They want to protect their water and air, and grow their economies. The Environmental Protection Agency is going to help them do that," Pruitt said.

In a statement released when Pruitt met with Midwestern editors, the notice added that those governors and Pruitt cemented "their shared commitment to developing policies that allow states to use their energy and agricultural resources to benefit their citizens, the region and the nation while protecting each of the states' unique environments."

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• Groups react to Scott Pruitt's confirmation
• Letter to Pruitt: Protect the Renewable Fuel Standard

Source: U.S. EPA

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