Reporters Barred from Covering EPA Summit Again, After Alleged Shoving Incident on Tuesday

After reporters were barred from covering an EPA summit yesterday, the same thing happened today.

Politico revealed that one of their reporters, as well as reporters for CNN and E&E News, were not allowed to enter the event:

CNN is reporting the same regarding the toxic chemicals summit. Their report contains this quote from a security guard:

“Oh, you’re not allowed today,” a uniformed security guard told a CNN reporter when the journalist presented his credentials. “They ain’t doing the CNN stuff. What’s this, the press?”

Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown responded to the decision by saying they “would much rather be writing about the agency’s efforts to address this health problem than about reporters being excluded.”

An EPA spokesperson provided this statement today:

“The National Leadership Summit on PFAS scheduled is not a federal advisory committee event. The purpose of this event is for EPA’s state, tribal, and federal government partners and national organizations to share a range of individual perspectives on the Agency’s actions to date and path forward on [the chemicals]. The Agency looks forward to hearing from all stakeholders on these crucial issues.”

Reports yesterday said that an AP reporter was physically shoved out when trying to cover the event.

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