Oklahoma

Why Did The EPA’S Scott Pruitt Suppress A Report On Corruption In Oklahoma?

"Whatever Pruitt’s original reason for suppressing the report, it now has national significance. 'This whole situation is about the way Pruitt handled alleged wrongdoing at one site,' said Stevens. 'He now oversees the entire Superfund program across the country. What does this mean about how he’s running the entire program?'"

Watchdog group calls for ‘whole story’ behind Scott Pruitt’s involvement in Superfund site scandal

"Suspicions are growing over Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s alleged involvement in covering up a possible crime at a hazardous waste site in his home state of Oklahoma. In response, a nonprofit watchdog group filed a lawsuit for more information in Oklahoma on Tuesday against the state’s attorney general."

CfA Sues Oklahoma Attorney General to Obtain Communications Between Scott Pruitt and Sen. James Inhofe about Coverup of Tar Creek Audit

On April 10, 2018, CfA filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Oklahoma County against Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter for failing to release communications between former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and United States Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) about the work of the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Trust (“LICRAT”) at the Tar Creek Superfund site northeastern Oklahoma.

Tar Creek audit points to wrongdoing in Superfund site contracts

Watchdog group Campaign for Accountability filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency seeking the release of records involving the audits. Daniel Stevens, director of the watchdog group, said Monday they were pleased to see the released documents. The watchdog group is “still evaluating the documents posted online” in efforts to verify whether Hunter’s office released all the documents required by law.

New Lawsuit Targets EPA Over Audit Scott Pruitt Has Tried to Keep Secret

"The Campaign for Accountability (CFA), a DC-based watchdog group, has been seeking the release of the audit. Last fall, it filed suit to force the state to release the report, litigation that is still pending. And on Thursday it filed suit against the EPA to find out whether Pruitt may have used his position with the agency to keep the audit—and any wrongdoing it may have uncovered—from seeing the light of day. The new suit contends that the agency has failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests for documents concerning whether Pruitt’s agency may have coordinated with Oklahoma officials to keep the audit under seal—and whether EPA officials may have leaked a 2013 report by the agency”s inspector general that downplayed allegations of wrongdoing in connection with the buyout program. In February, several news outlets obtained copies of the report."

Scott Pruitt revealed findings of Tar Creek investigation to subjects of the investigation

"The Lester letter could play a crucial role in a pending open records lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court. Both the auditor's office and Campaign for Accountability, a Washington D.C.-based group, have argued that Pruitt's decision to release the audit to Lester in 2014 grants them the authority to release it to the general public."

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