Pruitt is out, handing EPA reins to former coal lobbyist

Scott Pruitt, Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Chief, Resigns

A former coal lobbyist is set to take over the helm at the Environmental Protection Agency after EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid questions of unethical behavior.

"Andrew Wheeler is the ideal choice to serve as Acting Administrator". He said Pruitt could overcome criticism from environmental groups and unflattering stories in the media, but not the lengthy list of political scandals that includes asking EPA staff to pick up dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment. "Pruitt created a culture of corruption at EPA that has never been seen before in a federal agency, and for months President Trump idly stood by and allowed him to do further harm". Pruitt's deputy, Andrew Wheeler, will start as acting administrator of the EPA on Monday.

"I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda", the president tweeted. "We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!" Mr. Pruitt joins the ranks of former Trump administration officials forced to resign in disgrace, raising questions about why Mr. Trump hired them in the first place.

"There have been too many ethical lapses under Administrator Pruitt's watch and this decision is in the best interests of the agency and our country", she said in a statement.

"From moving to roll back strong fuel economy standards, to repealing the Clean Power Plan, to undermining chemical regulation, to suppressing climate science, to advocating for USA withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Scott Pruitt made the EPA stand for Every Polluter's Ally", he said in a statement.

"I knew that Mr. Pruitt and I would seriously disagree when it came to policy".

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Pruitt's resignation comes amid a whirlwind of accusations and investigations into apparent misconduct at the helm of EPA.

Though Trump promised he would drain the swamp when he took over the White House, Pruitt set new swampy records in town, which is saying a lot.

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.

All told, Pruitt left EPA having faced more than a dozen inquiries or reviews into his practices at the agency, including his first-class plane travel, a room that he rented from a lobbyist at $50 per night and the installation of a soundproof booth in his office.

As a lobbyist with the firm Faegre Baker Daniel, one of his major clients has been the nation's largest private coal company, Murray Energy, whose CEO Bob Murray has been a generous Republican donor and Trump supporter. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".

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