BISMARCK—The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will visit North Dakota next week, Gov. Doug Burgum’s office announced Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Scott Pruitt will attend meetings in Fargo and Grand Forks in what the governor’s office billed as his first trip to the state as a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. He’ll participate in a roundtable discussion on the Waters of the U.S. rule with state and local officials Wednesday in Fargo before a separate discussion on energy later in the day in Grand Forks. Pruitt will tour the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota while he’s there.
Media were only invited to attend the last 15 minutes of each roundtable with an opportunity for questions afterward.
Burgum praised Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general, for taking steps to roll back the WOTUS rule, which extended what waterways fall under the Clean Water Act but has been blasted by critics as an example of federal overreach.
“Administrator Pruitt understands that the solutions to our challenges will be found in more innovation, not regulation, and we’re excited for the opportunity to host him and highlight North Dakota issues and priorities,” Burgum said in a statement.
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