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Guards SHOVE Reporter Out Of EPA Meeting

Guards SHOVE Reporter Out Of EPA Meeting

"The @EPA told @AP, @CNN they weren't invited to @AdministratorPruitt's #PFAS summit".

Sally Buzbee, the executive editor of the AP, issued a statement on the matter: "The Environmental Protection Agency's selective barring of news organizations, including the AP, from covering today's meeting is alarming and a direct threat to the public's right to know about what is happening inside their government".

On Jan. 31, according to House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats, the EPA met with representatives from the chemical industry.

AP reporter Ellen Knickmeyer tweeted that the group of reporters were turned away at the door.

"This was simply an issue of the room reaching capacity, which reporters were aware of prior to the event", Wilcox said. Another reporter told Politico there were dozens of empty seats in the room, and a photo obtained by CNN also showed space for cameras.

The EPA subsequently opened afternoon sessions of the hearing to the AP and other reporters.

A journalist from E&E confirmed that his outlet as well as CNN and the AP had been barred from attending the event. Security reportedly forcibly removed one reporter from the building.

"EPA is opening the second portion of today PFAS Leadership Summit to press".

After news broke that the agency and the White House were blocking the release of the study, Friends of the Earth had tweeted, "Scott Pruitt is more anxious about journalists than poisoning millions of Americans".

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 EPA only required water utilities to report PFAS pollution at levels much higher than the sensitive levels lab tests can detect. The agency then barred media outlets from being able to enter the meeting which was convened to discuss water contamination across the United States.

ATSDR has not yet released its minimal risk level suggestions for PFAS found in drinking water.

Pruitt's remarks at the meeting were listed on his public schedule and described as being open to the press on a federal daybook of events.

While some reporters were invited or allowed into the summit, they were escorted out after spending about an hour at the two-day summit.

"I'm not going to weigh in to random hypotheticals that may or may not exist", she said. The report was shared with other federal agencies in advance of publication in the Federal Registry.

Wikimedia Commons/Gage SkidmoreCurrent Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, here shown attending the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 28, 2015. She pushed back on a question about whether there are any instances where the White House believed it was appropriate to physically handle a reporter.

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