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Fourth EPA Official Departs Pruitt’s Administration

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Two more officials of the EPA have announced their departures, bringing the total this week to four. Liz Bowman, the agency’s top public affairs official, was the third to leave the agency this week, followed by John Konkus, the agency’s deputy associate administrator for public affairs. The two followed the resignations of Pasquale Perrotta, head of EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s security detail, and Albert Kelly, who headed up the agency’s superfund cleanup program, Bloomberg reports. Perrotta and Kelly were under scrutiny in regards to a number of formal investigations into Pruitt’s questionable travel, spending and management practices.

While Bowman said that she is “extremely thankful for the opportunity to serve the Trump Administration and Administrator Pruitt,” an EPA source told CNN that Bowman had grown tired of fighting against anti-Pruitt stories and was beginning to distance herself from him in recent weeks.

 

Representative Don Beyer, a Democrat from Virginia, told Bloomberg that Konkus’ departure shows that “Scott Pruitt’s toxicity has infected the upper echelons of EPA leadership, and the process of cleaning this mess must begin with Pruitt’s dismissal.”

 

Pruitt spoke to members of the House Energy and Commerce environment subcommittee, and also testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee, last Thursday. During his appearances, the EPA chief “gave little ground,” suggesting that the storm that has raged around his administration stems “largely from opponents who want to stall President Trump’s environmental policies,” the Washington Post wrote (via Energy Manager Today) last week.

 

During his testimony, several Democrats questioning him urged him to resign. “You are unfit to hold public office, and you are undeserving of the public trust,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), the Energy and Commerce’s top Democrat said, according to the Washington Post.
 

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2 thoughts on “Fourth EPA Official Departs Pruitt’s Administration

  1. Good on them!…: (Pruitt) “suggesting that the storm that has raged around his administration stems largely from opponents who want to stall President Trump’s environmental policies”,…what policies??…oh…. you mean the ‘laissez-faire” Trump approach, the Ostrich approach to danger, the denial approach where of a person seeing a train racing towards him down the tracks Donals …to his pals…says “it’s not really a train, these are not really train tracks, there’s no danger there are other explanations for people dying when a train hits them…heart attacks, measles, Ebola, media disinformation, Obama care victims…just believe in me, I am Donald Trump, I am the way the truth and the light, he who believes in me will never die….

  2. EPA has a lot of dead wook that needs to be trimmed down…Environmental activists often cause more damage than good…by their frivolouys suits and misappalication of environamntal laws. MAGA and MASA!

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