EPA Administrator Promises to Clean Up Toxic Waste Sites Obama Left Behind

By NTK Staff | 05.17.2017 @11:45am

More than 1,300 toxic dumps were left behind by the Obama Administration, but the Trump administration is promising to clean them up.

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, said that President Trump is committed to cleaning up the more than 1,300 toxic waste sites that were left behind by President Obama during an interview on Wednesday.

Pruitt told Fox and Friends that many of these sites pose significant health risks to Americans that are living near them and that the EPA has been slow to respond, citing “a site outside of St. Louis called Westlake that’s taken the EPA 27 years to make a decision.”

“I think when you look at the environmental left, they look at the past administration as an environmental savior,” Pruitt told Fox and Friends.

“This president is a doer, he’s an action-oriented leader,” Pruitt said. “The past administration talked a lot. This administration is actually doing things to clean up the environment.”

Pruitt noted that nearly 40 percent of the country, roughly 120 million Americans, is living in areas that don’t meet air quality standards. Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt asked Pruitt if people living near these sites could get cancer if they are exposed to chemical around these sites.

“Quite possibly, yes,” Pruitt responded. “That’s why it’s so important to focus the core of the mission on those areas.”

Fox News’ Steve Doocy asked Pruitt how much this cleanup would cost the American taxpayers.

“The great thing about this is we have private funding. There are people out there responsible for these sites to clean up,” Pruitt said, noting that the money is there to clean up these toxic waste sites.

“It’s not a matter of money,” he said. “It’s a matter of leadership and attitude and management, and we need to do it much better.”

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