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Pruitt to EPA employees: 'We don't have to choose' between jobs and the environment

Pruitt to EPA employees: 'We don't have to choose' between jobs and the environment

In his first full work day as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt made clear Monday that he intends to step back from what he sees as the agency's regulatory overreach during the Obama administration.

Pruitt, who spent years criticizing and suing the EPA before becoming its newest leader, reiterated an argument he often had made as Oklahoma attorney general.

"The only authority that any agency has in the executive branch is the authority given to it by Congress," he said during a noon address to employees at the agency headquarters. "We need to respect that. We need to follow that. Because when we do that, guess what happens? We...

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