Scott Pruitt resigns as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 10, 2018

He was also once an aide for Sen.

When asked about the latest news on Pruitt, a spokesman for the EPA said the agency "will not be commenting on anonymous sources who are working to distract Americans from the Trump administration's accomplishments on regulatory certainty and environmental stewardship".

The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans' health and address climate change. The group Save the US EPA keeps a roster of endangered programs. EFI is well situated to do the cleanups as it has the only mill in the area and routinely processes uranium there, he said. Through attrition, Pruitt and Trump aimed to cut EPA staff in half by 2021. That included the roughly 20 members of a security detail Pruitt's EPA had created to guard him around the clock.

"We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!"

Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration.

Wheeler declined an interview with CNN, instead offering a statement defending his ethics record.

The EPA confirmed to The Times that through the end of next year, the agency will not enforce a previous cap on manufacturers making "glider trucks", and hopes to permanently repeal the cap.

"There's not a single person who doesn't think that will happen", Southerland said of the current EPA staffers she has talked to.

In his first tweet as acting administrator, Wheeler linked to a Wall Street Journal article about him that emphasized his plan to stick with Trump's priorities, including "changing the Clean Power Plan, de-emphasizing climate-change initiatives and improving how the agency deals with polluters and environmental crises". Bears Ears threatened to impede an important transport road for EFI and the company feared it could hinder its operations, according to an SEC filing and a letter Chalmers sent to the Department of Interior. The decision was seen as a victory for EFI and other companies.

Prior to joining the EPA, Wheeler also lobbied for the bailout of the coal industry on behalf of Murray Energy.

"The line on Wheeler from people in the know is that he's essentially Scott Pruitt's ideological twin - but that his many years as a Washington insider have endowed him with a political savvy that Pruitt sorely lacks", Jeff Turrentine, columnist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, wrote in April.

Wheeler left a position as a top aide in the Senate almost a decade ago to become a successful lobbyist for the energy industry. He's remained largely out of the public eye since his tenure began. Wheeler said Trump "hasn't been that successful" in his business endeavors and had "more baggage then all of the other Republican candidates combined". And while in the Senate, he worked for Sen. Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican who, in an interview with CNN past year in March, accused the EPA of "brainwashing" American children. Emails obtained by the Sierra Club environmental group showed Mr Pruitt had an aide contact the chief executive of a fast-food chain about his wife becoming a franchise owner.

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