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Administrator Pruitt Hosts Governor Otter at EPA

03/23/2017
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U.S. EPA Media Relations (press@epa.gov)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt welcomed Idaho Governor Butch Otter to a meeting at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., today. Among other topics, the discussion focused on ways EPA can collaborate with the State of Idaho to streamline the permitting process while simultaneously improving Idaho’s environment.

“Washington shouldn’t get in the way of the 50 states across our nation who care about air, land, and water,” said Administrator Pruitt. “EPA stands ready to work closely with Governor Otter as a partner as he continues his work to promote Idahoans' public health, enhance his state’s economy, and protect Idaho’s environment.”

“I was extremely encouraged by my meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt today,” said Governor Otter. “He clearly understands the EPA’s proper role in government – educating and empowering, not proscribing and punishing. It’s also refreshing to have a federal agency actually listen to a state’s concerns. With Administrator Pruitt at the EPA, the people of Idaho are looking forward to building a more productive relationship with an agency that’s been creeping into far too many areas of our citizens’ lives.”

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks with Governor Butch Otter of Idaho EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (Left) speaks with Governor Butch Otter of Idaho (Right) in the Administrator’s Washington, D.C. office.