Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA

Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA

Following the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt, Andrew Wheeler has been named as the agency's new acting chief.

Trump also said Andy Wheeler, the the EPA's current deputy head, will assume the role of acting administrator, adding, "I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda".

Noting that Pruitt's resignation "should be welcome news to anybody who values clean air and water", Earthjustice president Trip Van Noppen concluded in a statement on Thursday that it "does not close the chapter on the Trump administration's continuous assault on commonsense environmental safeguards". "We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!"

Pruitt, who is now facing 14 federal investigations, directly appealed to President Trump this spring to fire Sessions and let him lead the DOJ instead.

- AGRICULTURE: In March 2017, a month after becoming EPA administrator, Pruitt delayed consideration of banning usage of a widely used pesticide, chlorpyrifos, on food crops for at least five years. "I think when we make informed decisions and we explain to the public why we are making the decisions, that is paramount to what we do at the agency", he said in his Senate hearing. After giving $300,000 to the President's inauguration fund, the New York Times reported that Murray gave Trump a wish list of environmental regulations he wanted rolled back and the President instructed Pruitt to get to work on the list. Lawmakers posed tough questions on a range of issues also including raises for top aides and reports of retaliation against EPA whistleblowers.

Pruitt reportedly did not reimburse the scheduler, and Ryan Jackson, Pruitt's chief of staff, "literally pulled six 100 dollar bills out of his wallet and gave it", Chmielewski said during an MSNBC interview.

The Hill reported on Warren's statement about Pruitt's resignation in which she said he should have been fired "28 scandals ago", even though he was not fired but tendered a letter of resignation to Trump.

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According to The Post: "The Trump administration appointees described an administrator who sought a salary that topped $200,000 for his wife and accepted help from a subordinate in the job search, requested aid from senior EPA officials in a dispute with a Washington landlord and disregarded concerns about his first-class travel".

EPA also said it was rewriting rules governing pollution from coal ash, a coal-power-plant waste byproduct that contains toxic heavy metals.

As an evangelical Christian, Pruitt approached his job from a biblical worldview.

Pruitt, an Oklahoma Republican, came to the job as one of the EPA's chief critics and was seen as someone philosophically at odds with the agency Trump tapped him to run. Had Pruitt stuck to cozying up to executives for polluters regulated by his agency, he'd probably still be running the EPA today.

Senator Bernie Sanders, Democrat from Vermont: "Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency". Wheeler was confirmed as EPA's deputy administrator in April.

By contrast, it offered several critical quotes from a former Democratic Party staffer on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, a few from the managing director for government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council and one from Sen.

Pruitt was at the White House with other cabinet members on Wednesday evening, celebrating the Fourth of July and watching fireworks.