The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), recently issued a statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. It read as follows:
Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed [Feb. 17] as the agency’s next administrator.
“The professional landscape community applauds today’s Senate confirmation of Scott Pruitt as our nation’s top environmental executive. We greatly appreciate Administrator Pruitt’s stated mission of ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency does not unduly burden businesses with costly and unnecessary regulations. We look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt and others at the EPA in pursuit of a common sense regulatory approach that protects the environment and at the same time allows landscape professionals to provide their services without unneeded interference,” said Sabeena Hickman, NALP CEO.
Pruitt cleared the Senate by a vote of 52-46, winning support from two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Only one Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, voted against him, saying he had “fundamentally different” views than she about the EPA’s role.