Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief Resigns Amid Multiple Ethics Scandals
Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), resigned on Thursday July 5, 2018 amid several ethics scandals. Some of these scandals include “first-class travel at taxpayer expense, lavish spending on security, the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office and accusations that he used his position to receive favors, such as a discounted rental on a high-end condo from an energy lobbyist’s wife.”
Pruitt also reportedly used his staff to perform personal tasks and other non-work related errands and failed to adhere to government record keeping standards by using private email and phones for government business. Read the full list of scandals here.
Under Pruitt, the EPA aggressively sought to roll back environmental protection regulations, including the Clean Power Plan to limit air pollution and the Clean Water Plan (both in progress before he resigned). Pruitt also publicly stated CO2 is not a primary contributor to climate change.