Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

The main difference between the two, say conservation groups, is Wheeler will likely be more effective than Pruitt in dismantling EPA safeguards. Deputy director Andrew Wheeler will take his place.

The president added that he has "no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda".

Pruitt quit the EPA after months of ethics-related scandals related to his behavior and spending practices, CBS News reports. He said Wheeler is a lobbyist who went "to bat for the very industries he's now being asked to regulate".

That limber sidestep offers small solace to Deans, who is concerned about what the transition from Pruitt to Wheeler spells for the environment.

At the time of his resignation, there were more than a dozen inquiries related to Pruitt's conduct by the EPA's Office of Inspector General, the House Oversight Committee, the Government Accountability Office and other watchdogs.

Pallone last month accused Pruitt's EPA of "betraying the bipartisan effort" that led to passage led to a law updating federal chemical regulations and was named for the late U.S. Sen.

Scott Pruitt's tenure as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency ended with his resignation, but political experts in his home state of Oklahoma say he could continue his career in public office.

Markey, however, raised concerns about Wheeler taking over the agency. Though Mr. Wheeler previously served on the EPA's professional staff, he spent years working for Sen.




"In many ways, Wheeler is the polar opposite [of Pruitt]", said Holmstead.

Pres. Donald Trump announced Thursday on Twitter Pruitt would be resigning from the post, making Wheeler the newest chief of the almost 50-year-old agency. The headline of the article reads "Who is Andrew Wheeler (And Why You Should Be Afraid Of Him)".

"He came to me and he said, 'I have such great confidence in the administration". Inhofe hailed Wheeler's ascension to EPA chief.

Pruitt's replacement, deputy administrator Andrew K. Wheeler, is cut out of the same cloth, according to multiple news reports.

"Pruitt abused power in a disgraceful way by using the job for perks and trying to enrich himself and his family", Hurlbut told GTM.

Despite the laundry list of ethics complaints putting him on thin ice, Pruitt was invited to and appeared at the White House on Wednesday for Trump's Independence Day celebration, where he and other cabinet members received a shout-out from the president.

The conclusion: Wheeler has all of the same environmental positions as Pruitt, but he's much smarter at navigating Beltway politics. It was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from EPA. In them, he noted that Trump gave money to both political parties over the years and said Trump was a successful PR person but not a successful businessman.

"It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation", said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.

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