President-elect Donald Trump could soon pick his choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Politico reports the shortlist includes Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Kathleen Hartnett White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Both candidates oppose the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, also opposed by most agriculture groups.
Pruitt was one of the first state attorneys general to file suit against EPA over WOTUS, and he opposes other agency regulations that he says amount to regulatory overreach. Hartnett White calls WOTUS a power grab. She has previously headed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and is a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.