Emails shed new light on Pruitt's Nebraska trip

Hours after Scott Pruitt met with state officials in a closed-door meeting at the Governor’s Mansion, the Environmental Protection Agency chief also met privately with railroad executives in Omaha, emails released earlier this month as part of a lawsuit show.

On the agenda of both meetings were a series of regulatory reforms, including the proposed Waters of the United States rule that sought to expand the definitions of which bodies of water would be governed by the Clean Water Act.

While the full scope of Pruitt’s private meetings largely escaped public view, the EPA rolled back the so-called WOTUS rule and finalized the loosening of rules for disposing of creosote-treated railroad ties just months after visiting the Cornhusker state last October.