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Pruitt Wants Chemicals Study at Heart of Interagency Spat Released

May 16, 2018, 8:57 PM

EPA chief Scott Pruitt told senators that he was unaware his agency has been clashing with another over the health risks posed by fluorochemicals.

Internal agency emails that environmental advocates obtained indicate senior Environmental Protection Agency officials were worried about releasing a draft report from an office within the Department of Health and Human Services that found these chemicals could be more dangerous than previously known. Pruitt told a hearing of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that this report should not be suppressed.

“I was not aware there had been some holding back of a report,” he said. “I...

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