Ohio lawmakers respond to EPA chief resignation

Scott Pruitt resigned as Environmental Protection Agency administrator on Thursday. MUST CREDIT: Photo by The Washington Post’s Jabin Botsford.

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Scott Pruitt resigned as Environmental Protection Agency administrator on Thursday. MUST CREDIT: Photo by The Washington Post’s Jabin Botsford.

It took only a few words for Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, to express his opinion of the resignation of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt: “It’s about time.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said he hopes “the president nominates someone who can work effectively with both sides of the aisle on a common-sense regulatory approach while also protecting Ohio’s natural resources.”

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Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Pruitt “used taxpayer dollars to benefit himself while working to gut Lake Erie cleanup and the Renewable Fuel Standard and the Ohio jobs that depend on them. He never should have been confirmed in the first place, and it’s past time for him to go.”

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware and a 1968 graduate of Ohio State University, said “the resignation of Scott Pruitt – whose tenure at EPA has been marked by blatant rejections of sound science, proposals to undermine our country’s bedrock environmental protections and consistent efforts to personally profit off of public service – is long overdue.”

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