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MFV urges appointment of EPA administrator who will protect human health and the environment

07.05.2018

For Immediate Release
July 5th, 2018
Contact: Karina Martínez | karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858/752-1262

Mi Familia Vota urges appointment of EPA administrator who will protect human health and the environment  

Washington, D.C. – Following numerous federal investigations, outrage from grassroots organizations, and being embarrassingly confronted by a young mother and baby in a restaurant, Scott Pruitt resigns as head of the EPA.

Mi Familia Vota executive director, Ben Monterroso, issued the following statement:

“Scott Pruitt’s resignation comes as a result of strenuous efforts by our community to organize and decry the harm that Pruitt was inflicting on our community. Our community remained vigilant to Pruitt’s actions and did everything they could to demand accountability from this government official. We expect congressional and criminal investigations to continue even after Pruitt leaves the public role.

“Pruitt’s tenure was a complete fiasco. He failed to live up to the charges of his position as the head of the EPA, he did not have the integrity to act as a public servant and, moreover, his policies were counteractive to the EPA’s mission to protect our health and environment.

The Trump administration turned a blind-eye to Pruitt’s actions until his ethical scandals became a liability to the GOP’s electability. Trump’s comments congratulating Pruitt for his “outstanding job” with the EPA indicate that we will have to continue to monitor the people and policies in our administration.

“The next EPA administrator must be willing and able to guard our health and environment. Unfortunately, we are concerned that this administration will keep the acting secretary in place indefinitely, or replace Pruitt with a candidate who is equally as dismissive to our environmental needs.

“We expect our Senate and our President to exert wisdom in their next appointment for the EPA; our health and our the vitality of our environment depend of them.”

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.