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Chemical Industry Execs and Trump’s EPA Chief set to meet privately in SC Resort


Published On Nov. 7, 2017 By Madhu

This week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) director Mr. Pruitt will make a trip to South Carolina for a private meeting with industry leaders at a coastal resort. This will be director's second trip to South Carolina. Earlier this year, he was in Orang-burg to discuss rolling back federal wetland protections with energy, construction and agribusiness leaders along with other officials, but conservation groups are neglected for this meeting.

EPA Administrator is listed as the featured speaker at a board meeting of the American Chemistry Council, a group that has lobbied against stricter regulations for chemical manufacturers. The 3-day conference is being held at Sanctuary resort on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Appeal to provide an estimate of the total trip cost, has been declined by Jahan Wilcox EPA spokesman, but said the government employees would be staying for $135 a night, within the limit allowed under federal travel reimbursement rules. A Republican lawyer who formerly served as Oklahoma attorney general has taken several actions that favours the chemical industry, a report by the Washington.

In month of March, Pruitt overruled recommendation of agency's own scientists to ban the Dow pesticide chlorpyrifos after federal scientists concluded it can interfere with the brain development of fetuses and infants. Chemical safety rules that are formulated during Obama administration has been delayed for two years by EPA.

Council spokeswoman Anne Kolton said Pruitt's speech will not be open to the public or the news media. Admission to the members-only event where Pruitt is speaking, ranges between $7,500 and $2,500, depending on sponsorship level. Rooms at the resort are being offered to conference attendees at a discounted rate of $389 a night, not including taxes and fees.

EPA's inspector general is reviewing Pruitt's frequent taxpayer-funded trips, which often include weekend layovers at his home in Oklahoma, to determine whether they adhere to federal travel polices.