Businesses Support Strong EPA, Welcome Resignation of Pruitt

Media Release

Washington, DC — Reacting to today’s announcement that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned, ASBC released a statement expressing support for a strong EPA. The following may be attributed to Policy Director Christine Blackburn:

“We support a strong EPA because protecting human health and the environment is a critical foundation for dynamic business and a vigorous economy. Our member companies prove every day that caring for people and the planet can be very profitable.

“While we are happy to see Pruitt be held accountable for his actions, we will not stop the fight to end harmful deregulation at the EPA or to push for transparency in the agency’s decision-making. Reversing environmental and human health safeguards encourages bad actors to hide behind a false choice of either protections or profits. Legacy businesses may need to be propped up in this way, but it merely delays the transition to a sustainable economy, where all businesses operate on the triple bottom-line of people, planet and profit.”

The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) is a partner to businesses and the investor community to bring collective wisdom and public policy solutions to the systemic issues negatively impacting our society and planet. Founded through the merger of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC), ASBN rejects short-term thinking narrowly focused on just shareholder value in favor of a capitalism based on creating long-term value and being accountable to all stakeholders: owners, workers, families, community, environment, state, nation, and world. As a multi-issue, membership organization advocating on behalf of every business sector, size, and geography, ASBN and its association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.