Daines: Pruitt Confirmed for EPA Administrator

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. 

“Administrator Pruitt will immediately halt the war on coal and destroy excessive regulations from being imposed on Montana,” Daines stated. “I know Scott Pruitt will use sound science in his decisions as EPA Administrator.”


Daines and Pruitt in his Washington, D.C. office earlier this morning. 

Following his meeting with Pruitt before the confirmation vote, Daines took to the Senate floor to highlight Pruitt’s understanding of the important role that states play and not levying unnecessary federal regulations. 

Click HERE to download Daines’ floor remarks on Pruitt.

Immediately following Pruitt’s confirmation, Daines invited him to Montana in a letter, “I cannot think of a better place to witness the face of unreasonable, unattainable EPA regulations than Colstrip, Montana. I invite you to come to Colstrip to tour the plant and coal mine to meet the hard working Montanans who produce reliable energy in an increasingly cleaner and environmentally friendly manner.”

Additionally Daines underscored EPA’s responsibility in the environmental cleanup for National Priority List Superfund sites and invited Pruitt to tour some of the sites and assess the challenges and needs associated with them. 

Click HERE to download Daines’ letter to Pruitt. 

On December 7, Daines issued a statement praising the leadership of Pruitt in suing to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.