A day before EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson is set to testify before the House Oversight Committee, Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) released documents highlighting the White House’s interference in the EPA’s denial of California’s waiver request last December. Waxman revealed testimony from EPA Associate Deputy Administrator Jason Burnett, who confirmed the denial came only after White House input:
According to Mr. Burnett’s deposition testimony, Administrator Johnson’s preference for a full or partial grant of the waiver did not change until after he communicated with the White House. When asked by Committee staff “whether the Administrator communicated with the White House in between his preference to do a partial grant and the ultimate decision” to deny the waiver, Mr. Burnett responded: “I believe the answer is yes.”
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