Pruitt Departs EPA after Scandals — and Fulfilling Conservative Goals


Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, ending a rocky 15-month tenure after fulfilling a number of top conservative goals while battling myriad scandals over his personal behavior in office.

President Trump announced on Twitter that he had accepted the resignation and praised Mr. Pruitt’s work. He said Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will take over as acting chief on Monday.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One later, Mr. Trump said the decision was Mr. Pruitt‘s, though he acknowledged that the EPA chief had become a distraction.

“He’ll go on to great things, and he’s going to …

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