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“We are pleased to see Mr. Pruitt resign,” said PSR executive director Jeff Carter. “The EPA under his tenure was marked by regressive action on so many fronts: rolling back environmental protections, undermining science from environmental policy-making, and kowtowing to industry while disregarding the public’s voice and its health.”
Even worse, Pruitt conducted many of his actions behind a cloak of secrecy, from installing a soundproof phone booth in his office to reportedly having meetings with industry retroactively scrubbed from his calendar.
The resignation comes in the wake of concerted efforts by public-interest advocacy groups and proves that citizen pressure on this administration can make a difference.
“We hope the next EPA Administrator will operate with greater transparency and regard for the public good,” said Carter. “This is a positive step for U.S. democracy.”