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Despite President Trump's promises that he defends the Renewable Fuel Standard, Pruitt acted repeatedly to undercut the biofuel law.
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Mr. Pruitt had been seen Wednesday at the White House celebrating Independence Day at an annual picnic for military families at the president's invitation.
"Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency".
During his less than two-year tenure, Pruitt crisscrossed the country at taxpayer expense to speak with industry groups and hobnob with GOP donors, but he showed little interest in listening to advocates he derided as "the environmental left". Inhofe hailed Wheeler's ascension to EPA chief.
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Some of the ethics accusations involved jobs for Pruitt's wife.
Wheeler "has the potential to be just as destructive", said Michael Mikulka, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704.
Pruitt has been buffeted by numerous revelations about extravagant spending, including $1,560 for a dozen fountain pens, $3,000 on "tactical pants" and "tactical polos", $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth for his office and $120,000 on a trip to Italy.
Pruitt's resignation comes amid a whirlwind of accusations and investigations into apparent misconduct at the helm of EPA. Among the allegations against Pruitt are his use of first-class air travel and enlisting EPA staff for personal matters, including getting his wife a job at Chick-fil-A. His firm was paid $300,000 previous year. And while he heralded Pruitt's resignation, he said it was "long overdue".
"We urge him to immediately commit to undoing the massive damage to EPA's work done under Pruitt's leadership".
People in Pruitt's home state differed on whether the ethics scandals in Washington left him with any prospects of a political second life in Oklahoma.