Scott Pruitt resigns as chief of United States Environmental Protection Agency

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned his post Thursday amid inquiries and criticism stemming from various ethics scandals.

Now EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will fill in while the president finds a new leader for the agency.

Widespread disgust for Pruitt "should serve as a blaring red siren for the Trump administration", Udall said. "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", Trump wrote.

Trump announced the resignation on Twitter and said EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former mining industry lobbyist, will become the regulatory agency's acting chief on Monday.

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

In a tweet Thursday afternoon, Trump said he had accepted the resignation of the beleaguered EPA chief.

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Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was Pruitt's mentor and staunch supporter until he could no longer face the endless ethical transgressions of his former protege. "He came to me and said I have such great confidence in the administration I don't want to be a distraction".

"From moving to roll back strong fuel economy standards, to repealing the Clean Power Plan, to undermining chemical regulation, to suppressing climate science, to advocating for USA withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Scott Pruitt made the EPA stand for Every Polluter's Ally", he said in a statement. This says nothing good about Mr. Pruitt, who combines ravenous ambition with a faulty moral compass, or about the president, who still appears to value loyalty, whether based in sincerity or cynicism, over the public good.

A former Oklahoma attorney general close to the oil and gas industry, Pruitt had filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he was picked to lead. But even though Trump had concluded Pruitt must go, they write, it was White House Chief of Staff John Kelly who called to break the news to the administrator.

Pruitt quit the EPA after months of ethics-related scandals related to his behavior and spending practices, CBS News reports.

The US Government Accountability Office concluded the EPA violated two laws by installing the $43,000 phone booth for his office without telling lawmakers first.

Pruitt faced several federal investigations, including those for misusing taxpayer funds and for renting a room from the wife of a lobbyist with business before the EPA, as he carried out Trump's agenda of rolling back environmental regulations.

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