EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandal

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandal

"I applaud President Trump for placing him in this position".

Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, one of the most relentless and vocal of Pruitt's Democratic critics in Congress, said he expects more of the same with Wheeler as chief.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned his post Thursday amid inquiries and criticism stemming from various ethics scandals. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration.

Pallone last month accused Pruitt's EPA of "betraying the bipartisan effort" that led to passage led to a law updating federal chemical regulations and was named for the late U.S. Sen. Environmental groups expressed dismay when he joined the federal agency, and Pruitt has since sought to roll back various environmental regulations, including Obama-era auto emission standards.

"From moving to roll back strong fuel economy standards, to repealing the Clean Power Plan, to undermining chemical regulation, to suppressing climate science, to advocating for US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Scott Pruitt made the EPA stand for Every Polluter's Ally", he said in a statement. But even though Trump had concluded Pruitt must go, they write, it was White House Chief of Staff John Kelly who called to break the news to the administrator. Wheeler acknowledged he attended but said he couldn't remember any details.

In a tweet announcing Pruitt's resignation, President Donald Trump made his own expectations clear when he praised the work Pruitt had done at the EPA and announced Wheeler as his replacement. Pruitt also allegedly used office resources for personal matters, which included an attempt to get a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife, Marilyn. In Pruitt's case, with more than a dozen active investigations into his conduct still lingering. But he told The Washington Post, which first uncovered the blog post previous year, that he came to support Trump later in 2016, after Rubio exited the race, when Trump spoke at an event hosted by coal mining company Murray Energy Corp., one of his lobbying clients.

Pruitt previously served as Oklahoma attorney general, a role in which he repeatedly sued the EPA.

People in Pruitt's home state differed on whether the ethics scandals in Washington left him with any prospects of a political second life in Oklahoma. "We'll give him the opportunity to tell his side of the story". "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".

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