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USEPA Chief Recuses Himself From Clean Water Rule Cases


The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recusing himself from matters involving numerous major lawsuits he filed against his own agency. Scott Pruitt filed a recusal statement Thursday, saying that he will stay away from cases challenging the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule, the 2015 ozone pollution rule, the methane emissions limits for oil and natural gas, the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal and more. The EPA under President Trump opposes and is working to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the water rule and the methane rule, and is reviewing the ozone rule for potential repeal.