Acting EPA Chief Pledges 'Change of Tone' in Communications

Key Trump ally Scott Pruitt forced to resign

Scott Pruitt quits as head of US environment agency | RNZ News

He added that Pruitt will be replaced on Monday by EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency", Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon, while praising Pruitt's work.

Given Pruitt's accomplishments, Newsweek called Pruitt "the most risky member of Trump's cabinet".

Pruitt's own resignation letter became public shortly afterward. "We've gotten rid of record breaking regulations and it's been really - you know, obviously, the controversies with Scott, but within the agency we were extremely happy". Pruitt, however, said that "unrelenting attacks" on him and his family had led him to take the decision, according to BBC.

Pruitt attended a July 4 picnic at the White House.

Despite what Trump called "an outstanding job", Pruitt's legacy will forever be known as the grifter who spent a ridiculous amount of taxpayer money not doing his job.

In the short time Administrator, Pruitt was at the EPA, he accomplished much to reorient the Agency towards environmental improvement and away from an obsessive focus on global warming.

Widespread disgust for Pruitt "should serve as a blaring red siren for the Trump administration", Udall said. "That was the position he was originally interested in". As Oklahoma's former attorney general, he waged a legal fight against the environmental rules implemented by the agency he eventually would head. Wheeler's other clients ranged from companies providing coal, gas and nuclear energy to a mix of clients in the auto and food industries. Those groups applauded his departure.

Many of those scandals led to investigations.

The Sierra Club, a longtime advocate of Pruitt's leaving his post at the EPA, says it garnered more than 100,000 comments pushing for Pruitt to be axed.

Coal company head Robert Murray was among the loudest foes of Obama-era environmental regulations and among the loudest backers of Republican presidential candidates - including Donald Trump - who vowed to overturn them. Reports have described above-average expenses that include first-class travel, a 24/7 security detail and, recently, $10,200 in costs associated with his upgrade to a larger SUV. It's this notoriety and insider savvy that could make Wheeler risky; unlike Pruitt, who was relatively new to Washington when he took the job leading the EPA, Wheeler could continue to work closely with old friends.

Yadira Sanchez Olson is a freelance reporter for the News-Sun.

Both Pruitt and the lobbyist, Steven Hart, denied he had conducted any recent business with EPA. A replacement proposal from EPA is expected this summer. Documents later showed Pruitt's chief of staff had signed off on the pay hikes, indicating he had the administrator's consent.

"Under my ethics agreement with the Agency, I will have no involvement with EFI for two years", he said in the statement offered by the agency. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was sacked in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care. The others were former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and former Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin. Tom Carper of DE, long a vocal critic of Pruitt's.

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