EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid various ethics scandals

EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid various ethics scandals

EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid various ethics scandals

The Rhode Island Democrat, who serves on the EPW committee and has gotten high marks from conservation activists, expressed optimism that Wheeler would prove to be "the honest broker we knew" from his previous work on the committee.

In the letter, Carper also recommended a series of actions he believes Wheeler should take to "restore confidence" in the agency after Pruitt's tenure.

He had denied wrongdoing in the face of multiple congressional and oversight inquiries.

Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned, President Trump tweeted Thursday.

While Wheeler may find it hard to accumulate the same number of ridiculous scandals as his predecessor, many pointed to the fact that he hosted fundraisers for GOP senators while they were evaluating his nomination for deputy EPA administrator as clear evidence of his contempt for basic ethical standards. As Politico reported Friday morning, the administration has been suppressing an EPA report on the cancer-causing effects of formaldehyde vapor - just one of many industry-friendly moves the agency has taken at the expense of human health under Pruitt's leadership. Among his former clients are Murray Energy, which teamed up with Pruitt to sue the EPA; Energy Fuels Resources Inc., a uranium mining company that recently petitioned the Trump administration to decrease the size of the Bears Ears National Monument; and a liquid natural gas company called Bear Head LNG Corp. But POTUS stuck by Pruitt longer than he did other Team Trump members - Reince Priebus, Rex Tillerson, H.R. McMaster, come to mind - because Pruitt was going such a bang-up job implementing Trump's agenda at the EPA, aka total rollback of Obama era policy. "We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright", Trump wrote. "Andrew worked for me for 14 years, has an impeccable reputation and has the experience to be a strong leader at the EPA", Inhofe said. However, Schatz said Pruitt's "worst transgression was that he systematically worked on behalf of polluters to poison our air and our water and make climate change worse".

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In several ways, Wheeler is a more daunting adversary.

"EPA continues to discuss this assessment with our agency program partners and have no further updates to provide at this time", EPA spokeswoman Kelsi Daniell told Politico.

Under Pruitt, the EPA "rolled back punishing regulations that were hurting American workers and stifling our economy", Barrasso said. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma state senator and attorney general, lasted a lot longer than seemed possible, given his reputation for liberal personal use of taxpayer funds and coziness with lobbyists. So, who is Andrew Wheeler? Jeff Holmstead, an EPA assistant administrator under George W. Bush who is now an energy lawyer at the law firm Bracewell, told TIME in an email that Wheeler "may actually be more effective than Pruitt" thanks to his experience in Washington and starting off fresh at the agency. As Pruitt's controversies grew in April, the Union on Concerned Scientists said it would have serious concerns if Wheeler were made EPA administrator.

Brandon Hurlbut, former chief of staff at the Department of Energy, said the ethics complaints are one thing that is likely to change with Wheeler. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".

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