Gardner Votes to Confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today voted to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator: 

“During his confirmation hearing, Attorney General Scott Pruitt demonstrated that he understands the importance of protecting the environment while also standing up to overbearing federal regulations, including the Waters of the United States rule. Additionally, I was pleased that he committed to review EPA’s decision to not process the personal injury and economic loss claims related to the Gold King Mine spill. I have had conversations with Mr. Pruitt about my sincere disappointment in the broken promises related to the EPA’s spill, specifically the EPA’s refusal to pay for lost property, lost economic opportunity, and lost business opportunity. Mr. Pruitt assured me he is going to make it right and work with me to make sure those injured and those that experienced economic loss are fully compensated. I’m confident that Coloradans have an ally in Mr. Pruitt, and that’s why I supported him.”  

Earlier today, Gardner spoke on the Senate floor about the EPA’s refusal to fully reimburse Coloradans for damages relating to the EPA-born Gold King Mine spill. Gardner’s remarks may be viewed here.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.

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