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Administrator Pruitt and Nevada Governor Sandoval Discuss Key Environmental and Economic Issues

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval met on Tuesday to discuss hard rock mining regulations and other issues vitally important to Nevada, its environment, and its economy.

“The top-down approach doesn’t always work well when formulating sensible regulations. The states are best positioned to deal with the environmental needs of their citizens,” said Administrator Pruitt about the meeting. “Governor Sandoval and the people of Nevada are our partners, who know Nevada’s environmental needs better than we do here in Washington. We will consult and meet with them often as we make decisions that impact their land, air, and water.”

“I want to thank Administrator Pruitt for a great meeting today,” said Governor Sandoval following the meeting. “We talked about important issues facing Nevada, including a rulemaking that impacts our mining industry as well as a potential Superfund site. The Administrator and his staff were fantastic. I appreciate their willingness to listen, their willingness to give us face time, and their willingness to work with us on a potential visit Nevada.”


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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sitting at a table with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.L to R: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval met at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 2017.