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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks during a television interview in front of the West Wing of the White House, on Sept. 19, 2019. Wheeler has threatened to withdraw billions of dollars in federal highway money unless California clears a backlog of air pollution control plans. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Bill Wehrum, the Environmental Protection Agencys top air policy official, said he is stepping down at the end of June. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Andrew Wheeler arrives Wednesday to testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the Trump Administration plans to tackle the issue of of lead exposure "head on." Wheeler seen here during a Senate Committee hearing in August. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Scott Pruitt attends a picnic for military families at the White House on July 4, a day before he was forced out of as head of the Environmental Protection Agency for various alleged ethical lapses. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A fire at the Husky Oil Refinery on April 26, in Superior, Wis. The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to rescind regulations that would require refineries and chemical manufacturers to disclose information about emergency plans and the root causes of disasters. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at the Faith and Freedom conference in Washington, DC, on June. Pruitt is facing multiple ethics scandals from his actions since taking over the agency. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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As The Scandals Mount, Conservatives Turn On Scott Pruitt

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Scott Pruitt speaks on election night 2010, after his successful campaign for Oklahoma attorney general. When Pruitt assumed office, he also took control of the state's case against the poultry industry. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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In Oklahoma, Critics Say Pruitt Stalled Pollution Case After Taking Industry Funds

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Vehicles pass during the afternoon commute on Highway 101 in Los Angeles on April 2. California is suing the EPA over a plan to revise fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, weakening Obama-era limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Scott Pruitt as administrator of the EPA in 2017. It was the latest step in a political career that has focused in large part on faith-based issues. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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'On Fire For God's Work': How Scott Pruitt's Faith Drives His Politics

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt claims the new rule will strengthen transparency. Scientific organizations worry it will exclude valuable data from EPA's rule-making process. Jason Andrew/Getty Images hide caption

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Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey ripped apart fences and flooded Interstate 10 east of Houston last year. The San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund site is on the other side of the road. Rebecca Hersher/NPR hide caption

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A 2017 file photo of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Democrats have called for Pruitt's resignation over a variety of spending scandals but President Trump and key Republicans have rallied to his defense. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Seeking to cut greenhouse gas emissions in California by 40 percent by 2030, state regulators have approved a plan that offers incentives for truck and bus fleets to go green. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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California's New Climate Plan Uses Incentives To Cut Vehicle Emissions

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An empty field is all that remains of Uravan after cleanup wrapped in 2007. Dan Boyce/NPR hide caption

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Former Residents Picnic At Colorado Superfund Site

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Billy Crook's commercial crabbing boat, Pilot's Bride. He says it's looking like it's going to be a good year for crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay. Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR hide caption

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Chesapeake Bay Dead Zones Are Fading, But Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Success

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