Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson says the resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is not unexpected.
Nelson says the Farm Bureau had really good access to Pruitt.
“Certainly appreciate those opportunities to have that direct contact and even on issues where we’ve had maybe some disagreements, particularly as it relates to RFS (renewable fuel standard), we’ve had a good working relationship with Scott Pruitt,” Nelson tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And, so again, we’ve appreciated that access that we’ve had.”
Pruitt visited Nebraska in mid-June as ethic investigations opened on his tenure at the EPA.
Pruitt resigned citing “the unrelenting attacks” on himself and his family, which “have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”
Nelson expects access to continue even in wake of Pruitt’s resignation.
“I think that the goals that the president has are the same at EPA and I think a lot of those align with things that we think are important. One of those is having realistic regulations, regulations that make sense,” Nelson says.
Pruitt spoke toe members of the Common Sense Nebraska coalition during his mid-June meeting at the Nebraska Farm Bureau headquarters in Lincoln.
“This is the EPA administrator that we have today,” Nelson said. “There are very important issues at EPA that we need to deal with and so as long as he is the EPA administrator, that’s who we will work with.”
During the Nebraska meeting, Pruitt fielded questions about lifting restrictions on the sale of E-15 so the higher-ethanol blended gasoline could be sold year-round as well as scrapping the Waters of the United States rule.