Ethics Office Urges EPA to Investigate, Address Concerns about Pruitt

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt is facing opposition from the federal government’s Office of Government Ethics (OGE). The acting director of the OGE sent a letter to the EPA’s top ethics official, urging that the EPA to investigate and address the concerns surrounding Pruitt’s recent actions, the New York Times reports. Concerns include Pruitt’s use of taxpayer money, hiring practices, ethics and more. The article calls the letter an “unusual step” for the OGE to take.

David Apol, acting director of the OGE, wrote that Pruitt’s actions “raise concerns and may constitute a violation of the States of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch” as well as President Trump’s ethics pledge (via The Hill).

Environmental advocates have long claimed that Pruitt has financial and political ties to the oil and gas industry. His appointment as EPA administrator was “decried by environmental advocates yet lauded by the oil and gas industry,” according to ABC Eyewitness News.

According to President Donald Trump, coal and energy companies are happy with Pruitt’s track record.  “I think he’s done a fantastic job – he’s a fantastic person. I just left coal and energy country, and they love Scott Pruitt,” Trump told reporters last week.

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