- Experts: With reports of looming cuts, will Scott Pruit''s EPA lose its ability to effectively implement and enforce the nation's environmental laws?
- They say he must harness the talents and expertise of a highly professional career staff, as well as rely on science and facts to ensure a clean, health environment
John Cruden was a senior manager at the Department of Justice for 23 years, most recently serving from January 2015 to January 2017 as assistant attorney general for DOJ's Environment and Natural Resources Division. He is president-elect of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Ethan Shenkman was an attorney at DOJ and the Environmental Protection Agency for a combined 16 years, most recently serving as deputy general counsel for EPA from 2014 to 2017 and deputy assistant attorney general at DOJ from 2010 to 2014. He is an adjunct professor of environmental law at Georgetown University Law Center. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.
(CNN)Scott Pruitt's confirmation as the Environmental Protection Agency's administrator has been greeted with a wide range of reactions: welcomed by some who see the new team bringing a fresh perspective; feared by others who predict a period of upheaval at the agency.