Next EPA Chief Must Restore its Mission to Protect Health

WASHINGTON – The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, upon the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

“Ethics matter. So does a commitment to EPA’s central mission. Scott Pruitt failed miserably on both counts. If his successor also puts the interests of polluters ahead of protecting public health and the environment, he or she will encounter the same wall of resistance -- and meet the same fate.”

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