EPA's new boss unlikely to change Trump environmental policy

Pruitt's deputy at the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, will take over as the acting administrator of the agency from Monday.

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, said the EPA will continue to put the health of American families in jeopardy under Wheeler's leadership.

Pruitt previous year appointed White to the EPA's Science Advisory Board even as she remains a senior director at the American Chemistry Council.

There are many, however, who would argue that the EPA has not made progress under the guidance of Scott Pruitt, and these critics do not believe that the agenda will change much with Wheeler in charge.

White House officials had been urging Trump for months to fire Pruitt, after a wave of scandals threatened to embarrass the administration even further.

- COAL: Pruitt tried past year to repeal a key climate-change regulation of President Barack Obama's administration. He described himself in his biography for that job as "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda". Pruitt not only rolled back regulations and purged references to climate change, he also reduced information gathering, including a decision that stopped the collection of methane emissions data from around 15,000 oil and gas operations.

Just after Trump's inauguration, Murray handed the president an "Action Plan" for "getting America's coal miners back to work", including the rollback of environmental rules and regulations created to curb emissions and tackle climate change. Since Trump took office a year ago, he has said the USA will pull out of the Paris climate accord and has sought to roll back several Obama-era emissions regulations. Just a few hours before the announcement the EPA had released a draft rule on coal plants to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

Following Pruitt's resignation, Kieran Suckling, executive director of the environmentalist group Center for Biological Diversity, called Pruitt "the worst EPA chief in history" and said according to the Associated Press, "His corruption was his downfall, but his pro-polluter policies will have our kids breathing dirtier air long after his many scandals are forgotten".

A CNN report revealed Pruitt and his aides kept secret calendars and schedules to hide meetings. The inspector general told Congress in a May 2018 letter that he expects the review will be completed by the end of September.

Then came reports of the large number of bodyguards he kept around him 24 hours a day, doubling the cost of his predecessors' security detail.

"[Wheeler] has the relationships on Capitol Hill", Dempsey said.

Jon Healey is deputy editorial page editor of The Los Angeles Times.

Earlier this week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after many months of criticism and many investigations into potential ethics violations during his time at the agency.

Pruitt was at the White House with other cabinet members on Wednesday evening, celebrating the Fourth of July and watching fireworks.

Several reviews have to do with Pruitt's use of email.

Inhofe was chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

According to The Post: "The Trump administration appointees described an administrator who sought a salary that topped $200,000 for his wife and accepted help from a subordinate in the job search, requested aid from senior EPA officials in a dispute with a Washington landlord and disregarded concerns about his first-class travel".

  • Leroy Wright