EPA head Scott Pruitt is gone, but his mission continues

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

The main difference between the two, say conservation groups, is Wheeler will likely be more effective than Pruitt in dismantling EPA safeguards. Trump nominated Wheeler for deputy administrator the previous October. "In the meantime, I know Assistant Administrator Andrew Wheeler is well prepared to continue the progress already made under President Trump", the Wyoming senator added. Reports also indicate Pruitt asked EPA staff to run personal errands for him not pertaining to the agency's responsibilities and he has had close ties with industry giants the agency has previously regulated.

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.

Whistleblower Kevin Chmielewski, a longtime Trump campaign aide who served as deputy chief of staff for operations at the EPA, confirmed numerous allegations against Pruitt earlier this year.

"Scott Pruitt's resignation was long overdue", said Pallone, D-6th Dist., the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Pruitt was critical of the EPA in his career as Oklahoma Attorney General, suing the agency 13 times to try and stop emissions rules and block regulations that impeded coal-fired power plants and calling for the EPA to be eliminated entirely.

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In a message to skeptics at home, she added that "we can't act as though the issue of defense weren't a pressing one in our time ".

Scott Pruitt resigned as head of EPA on Thursday following a very long string of ethics scandals and anti-science decisions.

As attorney general, Pruitt filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency President Donald Trump would later pick him to lead. Hurlbut, who has first-hand knowledge of Wheeler's work, said he disagrees with the acting EPA chair on policy matters, but acknowledged that Wheeler is generally well respected. Over an eight-year period, Wheeler earned more than $3 million lobbying for Murray Energy.

Before he joined Faegre Baker Daniels in 2009, Wheeler spent 14 years as a staffer for Sen. "He came to me and said I have such great confidence in the administration I don't want to be a distraction". Wheeler also represented Underwriters Laboratories, which does testing and certification for the EPA among other organizations; Xcel Energy; and Insurance Auto Auctions, a salvaged vehicle company, according to his financial disclosure form. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington-no fan of Pruitt-offered a one-word statement: "Good". Our best friends at Fox News have the entire text, and boy is it a doozy. It was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from EPA.

"Going from a train wreck to a house on fire doesn't give us comfort", Deans says.

"It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation", said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.

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