The EPA secretary set up a call with the fast-food chain's top executive last year for a "business opportunity."
"There must be 60 hotels in Washington. I don't believe the mattresses in the Trump hotel are any better. This is just weird," Richard Painter said.
Pruitt has had a “consistent disregard for transparency from the time he was attorney general to his time as EPA administrator,” the leader of a watchdog group said.
Powerful polluters want the Trump administration to make coal ash great again, and they are about to make it happen.
Lobbyists with the energy sector have pushed the EPA to scrap the Obama-era water rules for months.
The agency is gutting research focused on such products.
Meanwhile, EPA Admin Scott Pruitt racked up $90,000 in travel bills last June alone.
Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, cares much more about his next political office than he does about melting ice caps or ozone levels.
Advocacy groups have accused the Environmental Protection Agency administrator of "thwarting meaningful public participation."
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker asked EPA Admin Scott Pruitt about the proposal in a hearing on Tuesday.
The EPA has been posting signs with images of Trump and Scott Pruitt that brag about deregulation. Employees say it feels like a slap in the face.
The agency credited EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt with tripling the number of sites fully or partially removed from the Superfund's National Priorities List in 2017.
Pruitt's actions provide a glimpse into what he means by "environmental stewardship."
Many of the vacated positions remain unfilled.
One official also notes odd smells emerging from the agency water fountains.
He was confirmed in a 49-47 vote on Thursday.
Pitting mosquitoes against mosquitoes just might work.
Pruitt wanted to "promote fresh perspectives."
Pruitt referred to an unrelated verse from the Book of Joshua to explain his removal of EPA funded scientists from the agency's advisory boards.
Past administrations have also employed nominees before confirmation, but an expert says Trump's instances go “further."
After having derided an Associated Press report, EPA said it found damage and toxic material exposed at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits in Houston.
The Associated Press' retorted that the EPA was not on site at toxic chemical dumps around Houston, Texas.
It remains unclear how far-reaching this additional catastrophe could become, as Houston begins the work of cleaning and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey.