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For Immediate Release

Press Release

Pruitt’s Exit Is Deserved, But Won’t Change the Trump Administration

WASHINGTON -

Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

Note: President Donald Trump today announced he would accept the resignation of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Scott Pruitt was the stuff of late-night parody, but he also was emblematic of the Trump administration – its corruption, its deadly deregulation, its handover of total power to the very industries that agencies are regulating and of course its unprecedented and pervasive ethical failures. Pruitt’s departure may cost us some jokes but won’t change the Trump administration or help save the planet or Americans’ health. Next in line to run the EPA is a coal lobbyist – but what Americans actually need is someone who gives a damn about the EPA’s lifesaving mission. And Mr. Pruitt, don’t let the (lead painted) door hit you on the way out.

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