OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is praising the nomination of her state's attorney general, Scott Pruitt, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

President-elect Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he's nominating Pruitt to lead the EPA, saying that the attorney general understands the impact that regulations have on the environment and the economy.

Fallin, who has also met with Trump to discuss a possible administration job, said in a statement Thursday that Pruitt is a "tireless advocate of the precious balance of power between state and federal governments."

Pruitt's nomination was widely criticized by environmental groups, with the Sierra Club saying it was like "putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires."

Here is Fallin’s full statement on Pruitt’s appointment:

“Attorney General Scott Pruitt is a tireless advocate of the precious balance of power between state and federal governments. In his nearly six years as attorney general, he led the charge to combat the ever-increasing overreach of the Obama administration. I applaud President-elect Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA. He will ensure states retain their decision-making policies, instead of having them transferred to the federal government.”