With No Public Notice, EPA Head Meets Privately With Gov. Sununu

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EPA head Scott Pruitt in January

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was in New Hampshire today for an unpublicized private meeting with Governor Chris Sununu.

Sununu spokesman Ben Vihstahdt told NHPR this morning that Sununu was “not scheduled to make any stops with Pruitt later today.” He confirmed Sununu and Pruitt met privately this morning, but did not say what was discussed.

In January, Sununu sent a letter to Pruitt about regulations on wastewater treatment plants around Great Bay... and the EPA's regional administrator later met with local authorities about that issue.

It's unclear if Pruitt's visit is related. Sources tell NHPR Pruitt may visit Central Paper Company in Manchester this afternoon before departing for a meeting with other federal officials at the Northfield Mountain energy storage facility in Massachusetts.

Federal and state officials haven't confirmed that report. The paper company wouldn't confirm or deny that Pruitt was visiting, but referred questions to the EPA.

An EPA spokesman, responding to a request for comment, said all meetings Pruitt attends are posted on the agency's website. The site lists no information about a New Hampshire visit, and Pruitt's online calendar has not been updated since February 2nd.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.