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Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

09 July 2018

Scott Pruitt resigned as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, and a top government watchdog released a simple but effective one-word statement on this development: "Good". In 2015, he joined a multi-state lawsuit against the EPA in an ongoing effort to block the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which calls for reducing carbon emissions from the US power sector 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. Now he will be at a very high-ranking position at the EPA, where he will be in a position to make lots of decisions that could benefit his former clients.

Beyer and Lieu said a number of meetings that have been mentioned in news reports or confirmed by EPA representatives do not appear on Pruitt's official schedule, including meetings with an energy lobbyist, the chief executive officer of a shipping company and a coal company - industries regulated by the EPA - as well as one with a man charged in another country with sexual offenses. "Senators must confirm a nominee who will hold the health and safety of American families in higher regard than the profits of big polluters".

Before he joined Faegre Baker Daniels in 2009, Wheeler spent 14 years as a staffer for Sen.

Wheeler was photographed in a meeting with Murray's owner, along with Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, in the last few days of March 2017.

Trump said they had been talking about Pruitt's exit for a "little while", adding "He'll go and do great things".

Wheeler is not someone who has sought the spotlight.

Andrew Wheeler, the EPA's current deputy administrator, will take over as the organisation's acting head on Monday, Mr Trump said. Wheeler is a career consultant, energy lobbyist and political aid.

Andrew Wheeler, the new acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, should do everything he can "to restore the American people's confidence in the agency's mission, which is the protection of human health and our environment", Delaware Sen.

Under Pruitt, the EPA "rolled back punishing regulations that were hurting American workers and stifling our economy", Barrasso said.

Before Wheeler took on the post as Pruitt's second-in-command, he was a principle consultant for FaegreBD Consulting.

Unsurprisingly, other environmental advocacy groups are also applauding Pruitt's departure.

He also tasked members of his staff with personal assignments, including finding him another apartment, getting his tickets to sporting events and trying to help his wife find a job. "There is no appropriate basis for retaining a cabinet secretary who has behaved like Pruitt". "We call on the president to remember that conservation is part of being conservative". "But we will continue to fight back against whoever is next in line to rip up our environmental protections, and we will continue to win". "The independent and experienced leader cared deeply about the future of the agency and restored its effectiveness".

"Now we have his deputy administrator coming in, and it's not clear whether this person is committed to protecting the environment". They include responding to congressional oversight letters in a complete, accurate, and timely manner; implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act and withdrawing a proposal to repeal emissions standards for glider trucks.

Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns