NJ environmental advocates say Pruitt departure won’t change Trump’s bid to weaken laws

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JAMES M. O’NEILL / NORTHJERSEY.COM – While elated to see Scott Pruitt step down Thursday as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey environmental advocates don’t expect the Trump administration to pull back from Pruitt’s focus on loosening environmental regulations.

And they say that whomever President Donald Trump nominates for the Supreme Court in the coming days could prove more important to the future of the nation’s environmental rules than Pruitt’s successor at the EPA.

“Clearly, Scott Pruitt was out to destroy the system of environmental protections that were built over many years in the United States,” said Tim Dillingham, head of the American Littoral Society, based in Highlands …

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