Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

EPA's relief and worries after scandal-plagued chief's exit

EPA's relief and worries after scandal-plagued chief's exit

"I think when we make informed decisions and we explain to the public why we are making the decisions, that is paramount to what we do at the agency", he said in his Senate hearing.

The Hill reported on Warren's statement about Pruitt's resignation in which she said he should have been fired "28 scandals ago", even though he was not fired but tendered a letter of resignation to Trump.

In his resignation letter, Pruitt cited "unrelenting attacks" on him and his family as one reason for his departure, saying criticism against him is "unprecedented and (has) taken a sizable toll on all of us". He doesn't really apologize for the long list of controversies during his tenure - the accusations about the secret phone booth, the first-class flights, the sirens to his restaurant reservations.

"You might see a shift in terms of how I talk about some things", Wheeler told the Journal. Two days later, #ReasonsScottPruittResigned is trending on Twitter.

However, Pruitt has been besieged by scandal for months. So, you know, this is all water under the bridge now. And as late as this afternoon, the Trump - the president was tweeting that within the agency, Pruitt had done an outstanding job.

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That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. For months he had ranked as a personal confidant and influential policy adviser to the president, commiserating with Trump over negative stories and indiscreet aides while praising the commander-in-chief for his intelligence and political acumen.

"I am the deputy administrator", Wheeler said. And we'll move on. I mean, Pruitt's replacement will surely face a very, very tough fight in the Senate because Democrats have been pretty fed up with Pruitt for quite some time now. "He understands the Trump administration, and will carry out the agenda", Dempsey continued.

Ingraham, who has been supportive of almost all of President Donald Trump's appointees, has been critical of the administrator amid claims ranging from inappropriate use of government funds, to personal deals that raise ethics questions. "He's a big believer, and he's going to do a fantastic job".

Andrew Wheeler, the new acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, should do everything he can "to restore the American people's confidence in the agency's mission, which is the protection of human health and our environment", Delaware Sen.

Now, in Wheeler, Murray not only has one of his former lobbyists inside the EPA, he has them running it.

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"He came to me and he said, 'I have such great confidence in the administration". "That's the job I wanted and that's the job I have".

Brittany Bolen became the acting head of EPA's policy shop after Samantha Dravis left earlier this year.

SCOTT PRUITT: Facts are facts, and fiction is fiction.

CHANG: That's Myron Ebell.

EBELL: Thank you, Ailsa.

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