Pruitt resigns from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt from his position as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on July 5.

In his resignation letter, Pruitt said he was stepping down effective July 6, saying, “the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”

Pruitt’s time in office has been plagued with scandals and investigations. His selection to lead this agency was controversial, in part because during his time as Oklahoma attorney general Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times.

However, in February 2018, Pruitt and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Commissioner Neil Chatterjee visited the 1,168-MW Northfield Mountain Generating Station and EPA said in a press release, “The Trump Administration is committed to meeting U.S. energy needs by utilizing hydroelectric power.”

Until the president appoints a predecessor for Pruitt, deputy administrator Andrew Wheeler will assume the role of acting administrator.

In his letter, Pruitt said, in reference to President Trump, “Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.”

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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