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Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Turns Indiana Lobbyist

Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland during his time as EPA administrator. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana.

A lobbying disclosure report for Pruitt filed Thursday provides little insight into what he's doing in Indiana, but several clues point to work on behalf of the coal industry.

He signed up as a self-employed consultant under RailPoint Solutions, LLC. Though it’s unclear what the company does, Heather Tryon is its manager.

That’s also the name of the chief financial officer at Sunrise Coal out of Terre Haute. This comes less than a week after an effort to put a temporary hold on big utility projects was defeated in the state House. If passed, it had the potential to stall two wind farms planned by the northern Indiana utility NIPSCO.

Though that legislation could reappear this session, House speaker Brian Bosma says it’s unlikely.

"My advice when I was asked if that was a productive interaction was it’s too late. They apparently have some great facts. Those facts should have been shared perhaps before the bill was voted on and defeated," says Bosma.

Pruitt served as the EPA administrator for about five months. Prior to that he was the attorney general of Oklahoma.

Like other of President Donald Trump’s appointees, he signed an agreement not to lobby the federal agency he served for five years after leaving his position. Pruitt’s lobbying interests in Indiana are listed as energy and natural resources. ​

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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