Pruitt Out: The Tumultuous Road That Led to EPA Chief's Resignation

Scandal-Hit US Environment Chief Could Be Sacked

Scott Pruitt, Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Chief, Resigns

Trump nominated Wheeler for deputy administrator the previous October.

"I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda", Trump tweeted Thursday.

Scott Pruitt did not have many fans among Iowa's congressional delegation when he served as EPA Administrator ... and that remains true following his resignation on Thursday.

Andrew Wheeler, seated on the far right, attended a March 2017 meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray about promoting policies to benefit the finances of the coal industry. The reason Pruitt persisted so long is the same reason why his environmentalist foes shouldn't break out the organic Champagne: The administrator was doing exactly what his boss wanted.

The list of regulations opens with a letter addressed to Vice Pres. Mike Pence that states: "Enclosed is an Action Plan for the Administration of President Donald J. Trump, which will help in getting America's coal miners back to work".

Under Pruitt, the EPA "rolled back punishing regulations that were hurting American workers and stifling our economy", Barrasso said.

Mr. Trump appears more concerned about what Fox News will say about his presidency in the next hour than what the history books will say in years to come.

Scandal-hit Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Markey, however, raised concerns about Wheeler taking over the agency.

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Wadsworth GOP Rep. Jim Renacci, who is a Republican candidate for Senate against Brown, posted a statement on Twitter congratulating Wheeler.

As the CV may suggest, Wheeler is no stranger to the intricacies of environmental policy or the kinds of tasks that await him at the top of the EPA. The article repeats similar refrains: Wheeler is a carbon copy of Pruitt, just with more Washington connections. "He came to me and said I have such great confidence in the administration I don't want to be a distraction".

"The damage Scott Pruitt has done to the Agency will not easily be undone", he wrote.

Inhofe, who dismisses global warming as a hoax and famously tossed a snowball on the Senate floor to prove his point, hailed Wheeler's ascension to EPA chief.

Already, Democrats have shifted their pressure campaign from Pruitt to Wheeler.

Pruitt's transgressions, in the eyes of many, were overwhelming: His flew first-class and asked aides about securing a military jet, secured a sweetheart apartment rental deal from a lobbyist, and sought government officials to give his wife a job, among other allegations.

Pruitt's job had appeared in jeopardy since the end of March, when ABC News first reported that he leased a Capitol Hill condo previous year for just $50 a night.

The problems will continue for both men: Pruitt still faces a dozen investigations and must file forms disclosing his income -and his wife's.

'We're proud of him for that, ' Pollard said. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".

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