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EPA Aide On Toxic Cleanups Resigns Amid Scott Pruitt Scandals

02 May 2018

Albert Kelly, who ran the EPA's Superfund program that provides funding to clean up hazardous waste sites, and Pasquale Perrotta, who was Pruitt's chief of security, have left the agency. Also last week, Democrats asked the EPA's internal watchdog to review Kelly's "ethical, regulatory and potential legal issues".

It was also recently reported that in 2003, Kelly's bank helped Pruitt get a mortgage for an Oklahoma City house purchased through a shell company.

Pruitt's security detail run by Perrotta has come into question, with the Associated Press reporting Pruitt has a 20-member full-time security detail that has cost millions since he took office. Mr. Perrotta's influence placed him at the center of inquiries by the E.P.A. inspector general's office into excessive spending and possible violations of contracting rules by Mr. Pruitt's administration, according to senior officials at the E.P.A., who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

In an appearance on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., whose staff has already interviewed Chmielewski, confirmed that the committee is scheduling interviews with Perrotta and a number of other top Pruitt aides. Both men were close allies of the EPA administrator.

"His hard work and dedication will be missed by all those who worked with him", Pruitt said of Perrotta in a statement to the New York Times.

Meanwhile, Axios reported on Tuesday that Kelly, a longtime Pruitt ally, has also chose to resign. "I want to thank him for his service and wish him the very best in retirement", Pruitt said in the statement.

"Kell Kelly's service at EPA will be sorely missed". "Kell has made a point to visit dozens of Superfund sites across the country and has met directly with impacted citizens, community groups and responsible parties".

The news of Kelly's resignation comes amidst growing concerns about his past history as a banking executive - previous year he was banned for life from the industry by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Pruitt's shifting answers to questions about controversial staff raises for two of his aides raised concerns that he hasn't been completely up front. "The EPA needs new leadership from public servants committed to its mission of protecting the environment and putting Americans' public health first". Now, Jackson will no longer be the president's physician either.

EPA Aide On Toxic Cleanups Resigns Amid Scott Pruitt Scandals