Tester Meets with EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

Senator: Clean Air and Clean Water is Critical to Montana’s Economy

(U.S .Senate)-Senator Jon Tester today met with Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Tester questioned Pruitt about the importance of protecting Montana’s clean air and water for farmers, ranchers, and the outdoor economy.

“Clean air and clean water are such a critical part of our Montana way of life that we guaranteed it as a Constitutional right,” Tester said. “After meeting with Mr. Pruitt, I remain concerned for Montana’s clean air and clean water. Montanans deserve a champion for our family farmers and ranchers and the folks who live, work, play and raise their kids in Big Sky Country.”

Tester pushed Pruitt to play an active role and engage with local Montana communities impacted by a Superfund cleanup. Tester reiterated that Montanans in Butte, Libby, and Columbia Falls are counting on the EPA to uphold its commitment to cleaning up contamination left behind by multi-national corporations.

Tester also pushed Pruitt to support revolving loan funds, which have helped Montana communities replace drinking water infrastructure and restore commercial developments that have been impacted by contamination.

Tester has posted a portal on his website for Montanans to provide feedback on each of President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees, and to date, over 1,000 Montanans have contacted Tester to raise concerns about Pruitt’s nomination.