The EPA partly or completely cleaned some of the most toxic sites in the U.S in 2017. Of the seven worst sites, three were completely cleansed whereas four were partially cleaned and still require some work. The cleanup effort is a large improvement from the previous administration where they fully cleaned one and partially cleaned another. My guess is that Trump lit a fire under their butts and got them to actually earn their massive paychecks.
The Daily Caller quotes Scott Pruitt saying:
“We have made it a priority to get these sites cleaned up faster and in the right way,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a statement. “By creating a streamlined task force and making major remedy decisions that hold potentially responsible parties accountable for cleanup, the Superfund program is carrying out the agency’s mission of protecting human health and the environment more every day.”
The gains made so far are part of a much larger list of 21 contaminated cities that need “immediate and intense attention” out of more than 1,300 Superfund sites, which are the sites requiring the most attention. Pruitt has been recently criticized due to his request to rollback regulations put in place by the Obama Administration. The Washington Post claims he has reduced regulatory burdens on industries but put environmental and public health at risk.
In a statement to The Washington Post Pruitt said, ““The last administration talked about putting up fences. [They said,] ‘Let’s not develop, we’re not going to use the natural resources to feed the world and power the world.’ I think that’s wrong,” Pruitt told WaPo. “I think our focus should be on using our natural resources — with environmental stewardship in mind. … We can be about jobs and growth and be good stewards of our environment. The last several years we’ve been told we can’t do both.”
Pruitt is successfully cleaning up the country and creating more jobs for industries by reducing regulations and, in the grand scheme of things, reducing cost on businesses. With a reduced cost on businesses, they can hire more employees since they can afford to pay them.