Scott Pruitt resigns at EPA; Andrew Wheeler to take over

Scandal-Hit US Environment Chief Could Be Sacked

Democrats and environmental groups decried Wheeler as an apologist for the coal industry.

"President Trump made the right decision".

"I look forward to the confirmation of the next head of the EPA".

"I don't think there was any question of effectiveness of Scott Pruitt, and I think Andrew [Wheeler] will be in the same lane", Dempsey said.

In his letter to the President, Pruitt writes, "It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring".

In his resignation letter, Pruitt cited "the unrelenting attacks" that were taking a toll on him and his family. Mr. Pruitt joins the ranks of former Trump administration officials forced to resign in disgrace, raising questions about why Mr. Trump hired them in the first place.

Pruitt's replacement, deputy administrator Andrew K. Wheeler, is cut out of the same cloth, according to multiple news reports.

Mr. Pruitt's resignation will take effect Friday.

Pruitt was critical of the EPA in his career as Oklahoma Attorney General, suing the agency 13 times to try and stop emissions rules and block regulations that impeded coal-fired power plants and calling for the EPA to be eliminated entirely.




Scott Pruitt has resigned as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, following a series of scandals in how he used the perks of his position for personal gain.

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.

Pruitt has been buffeted by numerous revelations about extravagant spending, including $1,560 for a dozen fountain pens, $3,000 on "tactical pants" and "tactical polos", $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth for his office and $120,000 on a trip to Italy.

Inhofe praised Pruitt in a statement Thursday for doing "great work" leading the agency.

At the time, the president was feuding with Sessions over the AG's decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, according to CNN, which cited three people familiar with Pruitt's pitch.

"Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history", said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity.

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

"It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation", said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.

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