Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Chief

By the Web Editors 7-05-2018
FILE PHOTO: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has resigned, Trump said on Thursday.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency," Trump said on Twitter. He said EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler would become acting chief of the agency on Monday.

Pruitt has been criticized for massive spending on first-class flights, luxury hotels, and 20-person security detail, as well as for his ties to a number of lobbyists and executives in the energy sector. But also, he has worked to roll back limits on carbon pollution, weaken fuel-efficiency standards, and eliminate clean water protections, and some faith groups have been calling for Pruitt's resignation.  

Wheeler, who Trump said would become acting chief next week, was an energy lobbyist and previously worked for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who famously threw a snowball from the Senate floor to declare climate change a hoax

Reuters contributed to this report.

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