EPA chief denies sidelining science pros to appease industry

EPA chief denies sidelining science pros to appease industry


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WEBVTT THIS IS KOCO FIVE NEWS AT NINE.>> WE ARE JOINED THIS MORNING BYSCOTT PRUITT.THANKS FOR BEING HERE.>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.>> A HOMECOMING OF COURSE.YOU ARE BACK HERE IN TOWN GOINGON IN ACTION TOUR TO SEVERALDIFFERENT STATES ABOUT A KEYISSUE FOR THE EPA.>> A STATE ACTION TOUR THAT WEHAVE BEEN ON FOR SEVERAL WEEKSAND WILL CONTINUE FOR WEEKS OCOME IN AUGUST.IT IS ABOUT THE WATER IN THEUNITED STATES RULE, A RULE THATOKLAHOMANS KNOW WELL.IT WAS A RULE THAT WAS ADOPTEDBY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THATDEFINE DRY CREEK BEDS INSOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA AS WATERS OFTHE UNITED STATES.DRAINAGE DITCHES AND PUDDLES.I WAS STANDING IN A SUBDIVISIONLAST WEEK NEXT TO AN ARMY CORPSENGINEER, AND HE LOOKED IN ADRAINAGE DITCH AND SAYS THAT ISA WATER OF THE UNITED STATES.AND I SAID NO MORE.WE ARE GETTING FEEDBACK FROMFOLKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY,GOVERNORS, DEQ’S, STAKEHOLDERS,FARMERS, RANCHERS, THOSE WHO DOOIL AND GAS, THOSE WHO USE THELAND.WHO ARE SUBJECT TO THIS BADRULE.WE ARE WILL — WE WILL GET THATFIXED.STEVE: PEOPLE AT HOME SAY THISIS LIKE ARGUING OVER A WORD BUTIT MAKES A DIFFERENCE YOU’RESAYING.SOME OF THE ARGUMENT IS WHETHERTHE WATER CAN BE NAVIGATED ORNOT.>> THAT IS A — THAT IS RIGHT.LAND-USE DIVISIONS ARE ABOUTPROPERTY OWNERS.WHEN YOU WANT TO BUILD ASUBDIVISION OR ENGAGE IN OIL ANDGAS, IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUTWHETHER THE EPA HAS JURISDICTIONOR NOT, YOU HAVE TO GET APERMIT, IT CAUSES PARALYSIS.YOU DO NOT SEE CAPITALDEPLOYMENT TO GROW THE ECONOMY.IF YOU TAKE THOSE STEPS AND THENFIND OUT THREE YEARS LATER YOUSHOULD’VE GOTTEN A PERMIT, YOUGET FINED, THOUSANDS OFDOLLARS.IT IS AN IMPEDIMENT TO GROWTHAND NOT ABOUT A CLEANENVIRONMENT.STEVE: THERE ARE NO CONCERNS AREABOUT WATER SAFETY WITH THESEWATERWAYS?>>…

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