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New York Times Spreads Fake News on Trump EPA

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump's EPA secretary, Scott Pruitt, had "almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates." This in the same report that acknowledged Pruitt personally met with representatives from quite a few such organizations.

"The truth is: EPA has met with over 25 consumer protection, public health and environmental groups," EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox told PJ Media in a statement Tuesday. "Additionally, Administrator Pruitt has been praised by the Galveston Bay Foundation and Texas Health and Environment Alliance for his work on cleaning up toxic Superfund sites."

Indeed, community activists praised Pruitt for coming in person and pledging to clean up the Dioxin dump known as the San Jacinto River Waste Pits in the area of Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey. "He said he would expedite the decision," Scott Jones of the Galveston Bay Foundation told Fox 26. "We think that's great. EPA staff has already said removal is the right course."

"As long as the waste pits stay in the river, our residents won't feel safe," Jackie Young, leader of the Texas Health and Environment Alliance, told Fox 26. "Administrator Pruitt made it clear, he understands that."

In addition to his statement, Wilcox also provided a list of all the environmental, consumer protection, and public health groups the EPA has met with. Here is the list:

The Nature Conservancy. Audubon Society. American Lung Association. American Public Health Association. American Academy of Pediatrics. March of Dimes. Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Physicians for Social Responsibility. Trust for America’s Health. National Medical Association. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. National Environmental Health Association. NYU School of Medicine. National Association of Environmental Medicine. National Association of County and City Health Officials. Health Care Without Harm. Healthy Air Campaign. Indiana NAACP. East Chicago Community Action Group. Twin City Ministerial Alliance. First Baptist Church East Chicago. Interfaith Federation. Association of Clean Water Administrators. Texas Health and Environment Coalition. Galveston Bay Foundation. Environmental Council of the States. Western Governors Association, including Democratic Governors Steve Bullock (Mont.), Kate Brown (Ore.), David Ige (Hawaii), and John Hickenlooper (Colo.).

The Times report attacked Pruitt for meeting with rural voters, conservative nonprofit organizations, and energy and other companies. The report insinuated that the EPA head barely ever met with environmental or public health organizations, but it explicitly stated that he had "almost no meetings" with them.

"Since taking office in February, Mr. Trump's E.P.A. chief has held back-to-back meetings, briefing sessions and speaking engagements almost daily with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major economic sectors that he regulates — and almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer protection or public health advocates, according to a 320-page accounting of his daily schedule from February through May," Times reporters Eric Lipton and Lisa Friedman reported.