Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

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84 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 3 5 Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator After over 16 months in office, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced his resignation on July 5. The announcement was made public in a Tweet sent by President Trump, which stated, "I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this." At the beginning of his tenure, Pruitt set forth a "back-to-basics agenda" centered around three objectives: refocus the agency back to its core mission, restore power to the states and adhere to the rule of law and improve agency processes. In a recent letter to the president explaining his decision Pruitt wrote, "the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a toll on all of us." President Trump announced in another Tweet that Pruitt will be replaced by Andrew Wheeler, a former coal and energy lobbyist. In the past, Wheeler served on Capital Hill as a Republican staff member and as an aide to Senator Jim Inhofe. While the president is able to appoint a new administrator, the Senate must approve of the decision by voting on it. Pruitt was sworn into office in February 17, 2017 with a 52-46 vote after being nominated by the president as well. California Coastal Cliffs' Collapse? A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey used predicted sea level increases to estimate the amount of coastal cliff recession on Southern California's shoreline this century. Starting with the forecast of a 1.6 to 6.6 foot rise in the sea level by the year 2100, and employing five different numerical models, the study calculated that an average of 62 feet to nearly 138 feet of cliffs along that coast would erode. As reported by The Weather Channel. com, study co-author Patrick Barnard stressed that while 130 feet in 80 years may not sound all that overwhelming, it breaks down to a more daunting number of 1.7 feet per year on average during that span. This new research coincides with a 2017 USGS study that forecast that between 31 to 67 percent of Southern California beaches may be lost this century to rising seas. According to the USGS, the study's intent is to provide better hazard assessment and coastal management. The agency will duplicate the research for California's Central Coast next, and then for the state's northern coast.

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