Clean Water Protection Act administrator Scott Pruitt has an issue with the law that governs the nation’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and may be unable to fully implement it.
He was appointed to the agency last week after an administration-wide push to address the problem of overfishing, pollution and climate change in the Chesapeake Bay.
Pruitt has already been accused of misusing the Clean Air Act to push through his controversial plan to roll back regulations on coal-fired power plants.
But Pruitt is facing the same criticism that many other Trump appointees have faced: He is a climate change skeptic.
Pruitt, who is a former Oklahoma Attorney General, has previously said he would use the Clean Energy Act to rollback climate change policies and regulations.
In an interview with CNBC, Pruitt also questioned the wisdom of using a “bargaining mechanism” to protect the environment.
“I think it’s pretty clear to me that if you can get a bunch of other things done, that’s the way to go,” Pruitt said, according to the transcript of the interview.
The White House on Tuesday released a letter to Pruitt from the White House Office of Management and Budget outlining a series of actions it is taking to combat the problem.
The White House said it is also working to provide incentives for businesses and state and local governments to improve their environmental performance.
“These actions, together with the President’s ongoing efforts to protect and protect the American people, will help ensure the health of our country’s air, water and wildlife,” the letter read.
Pruitte, who also served as Oklahoma’s attorney general under former President George W. Bush, has come under fire from environmental groups, particularly from some Republicans, for his stance on the Clean Power Plan, which was enacted in 2016.
Pruitt, however, says the Clean Action Plan is unnecessary and could actually be harmful to the environment and public health.