WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, a member of the  Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“I’ve had the opportunity to speak with and question Mr. Pruitt over many issues of great importance to Iowans, including scrapping the Waters of the United States rule, promoting our state’s wind energy industry, and upholding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in accordance with congressional intent. In a private meeting and before the Environment and Public Works Committee, I received assurances from Mr. Pruitt that when it comes to the RFS, he will enforce the law as written by Congress, and not undermine the RFS.

“Mr. Pruitt will be a partner to our states as we work to improve consumer choice, investment, and innovation. Importantly, Iowa’s farmers and businesses need relief from burdensome and overreaching regulations, and I look forward to working with Mr. Pruitt on solutions moving forward.”