Scott Pruitt, who led the Environmental Protection Agency for 18 months, is now out. The former EPA head tendered his resignation to President Donald Trump after months of scandals and investigations plagued Pruitt.
Pruitt is best known for his work to deregulate numerous industries, which was a major campaign promise of President Trump. Pruitt worked with the administration to roll back emission standards that led to higher fuel economy standards and his work to cut California’s ability to set its own emission standards. General Motors and numerous other automakers have lobbied to ease regulations in the short-term, but also agreed fuel economy and emission standards should rise in time.
The former EPA head also rolled back the Clean Power Act, which required coal-powered electricity plants to use carbon-capture technology or move to cleaner fuel sources, and limited the effects of the Clean Water Act.
President Trump broke the news on Pruitt’s resignation via Twitter.
“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” the president tweeted. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this.”
Replacing Pruitt will be deputy Andrew Wheeler as acting EPA administrator.
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