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US senator seeks audit of EPA chief's trip to Morocco

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Reuters are reporting that the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee has asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog to audit a recent trip to Morocco by the agency’s head to determine if it was in line with the EPA’s mission.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, in a trip to Morocco last week, promoted US LNG.

Senator Tom Carper asked EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins to expand its current audit of Pruitt’s travel to include the trip to Morocco as part of a US trade mission.

Traditionally, the EPA, which regulates clean air and water, does not promote the US energy industry.

When asked why the head of the EPA was involved in touting LNG, EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said Pruitt discussed the role of US technology and innovation abroad, “including but not limited to LNG.”

Carper said the Morocco travel has cost taxpayers US$40 000 and that gas exports do not fall within the agency’s jurisdiction.

The Inspector General’s office is already reviewing all travel by Pruitt conducted until Sep30 September after Democratic lawmakers asked for a review of Pruitt’s frequent travels to Oklahoma, his home state.

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