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Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice inspector general, swears in to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last year. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Government's Busy Watchdogs: What They Do And Where They Struggle

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The Office of Government Ethics on Monday said that as an agency head, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt bears "a heightened responsibility" when it comes avoiding conflicts of interest. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A 2017 file photo of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Democrats have called for Pruitt's resignation over a variety of spending scandals but President Trump and key Republicans have rallied to his defense. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing investigations into his use of taxpayer funds for security and travel along with scrutiny of his ties to industry lobbyists. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Robert Taylor, center, speaks at a St. John the Baptist Parish council meeting in 2017. He and the other members of the citizens' group around him wear T-shirts that reference the safety limit for the chemical chloroprene. Julie Dermansky hide caption

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After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

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The top science adviser to the EPA, Michael Honeycutt, has been the lead toxicologist for the state of Texas since 2003. Texas cities, including Houston, have struggled for decades with some of the worst air quality in the country. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told the Senate environment committee that he does not remember comments he made in 2016 about then-candidate Donald Trump. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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EXCERPT: Scott Pruitt on KFAQ's Pat Campbell Show Feb. 4, 2016

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An aerial photo shows hills of mining waste known as "chat" scattered throughout the abandoned lead and zinc mine at the Tar Creek Superfund site. Joe Wertz/Stateimpact Oklahoma hide caption

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EPA Vows To Speed Cleanup Of Toxic Superfund Sites Despite Funding Drop

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Patrick Bayou, pictured on Sept. 2, flooded when Hurricane Harvey slammed the Houston area. The bayou is a Superfund toxic waste site. A March cleanup report for the site did not include preparations for more severe flood events as a result of climate change. Jason Dearen/AP hide caption

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The Highlands Acid Pit Superfund site remained flooded on August 31. The water has since receded, and some residents are concerned that toxins from the site could have spread into the nearby neighborhood. Jason Dearen/AP hide caption

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In Texas, Concerns About Damage To Flooded Toxic Waste Sites

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Participants look at a world map showing climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 in France. A draft government report on climate, which was released by The New York Times ahead of publication, says the U.S. is already experiencing the consequences of global warming. Stephane Mahe/Reuters hide caption

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A pump jack at work in 2016, near Firestone, Colo. The American Exploration & Production Council, which represents oil and gas exploration firms, is one of many industry groups supporting the HONEST Act, which was passed by the House and is now with the Senate. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

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