BREAKING NEWS OHA reports 376 new cases, 7 deaths Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Republican senator threatens to ask EPA chief to resign

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley warned Tuesday he may call on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott...

Posted: May 15, 2018 4:07 PM
Updated: May 15, 2018 4:07 PM

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley warned Tuesday he may call on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign if his agency does not take a fairer approach to issuing waivers to the large refineries that allow them to skirt biofuels regulations.

Grassley, who chairs the influential Senate Judiciary Committee, made the comments on a conference call with agriculture reporters on Tuesday where he was asked about the EPA issuing waivers. He said the EPA needs to take a fairer approach "or I'm going to be calling for Pruitt to resign because I'm done playing around with this."

Grassley's criticism is significant given his position as a high-profile Republican senator, but the issue of the EPA waivers has not gotten as much attention compared to the ethics watchdogs, federal auditors and congressional committees who are already conducting nearly a dozen inquiries into Pruitt's actions at the agency.

Most recently, Pruitt has faced scrutiny for his unprecedented 24/7 security detail. A letter from the agency's inspector general Monday contradicted Pruitt's claim that his around-the-clock protection was a response to an assessment of death threats against him, and instead began at his own request and on his first day at the job.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 20635

Reported Deaths: 348
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah476293
Washington299124
Marion283769
Umatilla222127
Clackamas150039
Malheur75513
Deschutes5829
Lane5653
Jackson4472
Yamhill42913
Lincoln4129
Union3942
Morrow3493
Jefferson3464
Polk30812
Linn27110
Klamath2012
Hood River1810
Wasco1813
Benton1646
Douglas1481
Josephine1132
Columbia910
Coos900
Clatsop840
Crook431
Baker380
Tillamook340
Lake320
Wallowa191
Sherman150
Curry140
Harney100
Gilliam40
Grant40
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Scattered Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 79°
Corvallis
Overcast
76° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 76°
Roseburg
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 80°
North Bend
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 67°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events