EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandal | Digital Asia

  • President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that his embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt, had resigned.
  • Pruitt has for months faced increasing pressure to resign amid a laundry list of reports into his ethically questionable leadership of the agency.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt, had resigned.

In a series of tweets, the president thanked Pruitt for his “outstanding” service and announced that Andy Wheeler, the EPA’s current deputy head and a former coal lobbyist and Senate staffer, will take over as acting administrator.

“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” Trump wrote.

He continued, “I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!”

Pruitt is currently under a dozen separate investigations into possible ethical violations, including those related to his regular first-class flights and copious spending on personal security. Both Democrats and Republicans have urged Pruitt to resign amid months of scandalous reports on his ethically questionable leadership at the agency.

Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, was one of the most controversial members of the Trump administration, and brought a deeply conservative agenda to the agency. A climate change skeptic, Pruitt has close ties to the fossil fuel industry and spent years suing the EPA over policies he argued constituted federal overreach, including ozone and methane emissions rules and coal plant regulations.

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