Politico Responds to Being Barred From EPA Summit Day 2

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The number of reviews into the management of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has reached double digits.

They are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

Media representatives in attendance included those from Politico, The Wall Street Journal and CBS. Instead, the EPA started a brand-new controversy by specifically excluding CNN and the AP from Pruitt's speech and by having security physically escort a reporter out of the building. We've all asked the agency's press office why we're being selectively shut out and have gotten no responses. Marsh later tried to enter through a different entrance and was turned away. Recently Pruitt had a soundproof booth built for his phone calls - poor indicators of true concern for transparency, or respect for EPA's mission to protect human and environmental health. "EPA guards grabbed AP reporter by shoulders, shoved reporter out of building when she asked to talk to agency public-affairs person about covering meeting", Knickmeyer reported on her own experience via social media on Tuesday.

A climate reporter for Politico tweeted Tuesday that a security guard joked about how he told an AP reporter she could not film as she was being kicked out of the agency building.

The AP issued an updated statement on the day's events: "We are pleased that the EPA has reconsidered its decision and will now allow AP to attend the remainder of today's meeting".

Jahan Wilcox, spokesman for the EPA, said in a statement that the event did not fall under a federal law requiring that certain meetings be open to the public. Another publication was invited to the event but declined to send a reporter after learning that Pruitt would not be taking questions.

After a public outcry from reporters about the agency's tactics, it announced that journalists could cover the second half of the summit. The first portion was available via livestream. The EPA only required water utilities to report PFAS pollution at levels much higher than the sensitive levels lab tests can detect. This morning, Pruitt was speaking at a workshop convened to discuss the handling of specific chemical contaminants that have been found in water supplies. Pruitt said Tuesday that the EPA is expected to get its own targeted list out by the fall.

Unfortunately, these variations also appear to cause significant health risks, with epidemiological studies suggesting connections to cancers, thyroid disease, and changes in cholesterol metabolism. The entire summit spans two days.

"In this meeting, stakeholders will be providing their individual perspectives on these critical issues".

"The National Leadership Summit on PFAS scheduled is not a federal advisory committee event".

Lincoln Ferguson, a senior adviser at the agency, said Wednesday that John Konkus had chose to remain in his job as deputy associate administrator for public affairs.

Many mainstream media outlets initially reported that Trump had made the comment about all illegal immigrants. Additionally, reporters are rarely notified of Pruitt's meeting and trips outside of D.C., frequently only learning of them through his Twitter account.

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