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These senior EPA officials can now moonlight for secret private-sector clients

News is breaking this week in Washington about another ethical lapse on the part of Scott Pruitt’s embattled agency – one that goes beyond the administrator’s personal preference for taxpayer-funded luxury travel. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an ethics waiver to one of Pruitt’s political appointees, John Konkus, to let him work for unknown outside private clients . These clients, and their political or commercial interests, won’t be divulged, raising troubling questions about possible conflicts of interest. We already know that Konkus – a Republican operative from Florida who worked for a political consulting firm with Koch Brothers’ entities and GOP candidates on its client roster – was screening EPA grants for political suitability. Konkus calls climate change “the double C-word” and vets grants accordingly. He is now one of two employees in senior EPA...

Full article: https://www.edf.org/blog/2018/03/07/these-senior-epa-offi...

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