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Andrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency's deputy and soon-to-be acting administrator Courtesy Eric Vance/USEPA/Reuters hide caption

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Get To Know Andrew Wheeler, Ex-Coal Lobbyist With Inside Track To Lead EPA

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, testifies during a Senate hearing last month. Pruitt is facing multiple investigations for his official spending. According to a memo released by House Democrats, one of Pruitt's aides said he asked her to run personal errands on his behalf. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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EPA Chief's Latest Ethics Issue: Used Mattress From A Trump Hotel

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Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, arrives for his testimony Wednesday before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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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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Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice inspector general, swears in to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last year. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Government's Busy Watchdogs: What They Do And Where They Struggle

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The Office of Government Ethics on Monday said that as an agency head, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt bears "a heightened responsibility" when it comes avoiding conflicts of interest. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 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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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing investigations into his use of taxpayer funds for security and travel along with scrutiny of his ties to industry lobbyists. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Trump administration Cabinet secretaries attend ceremonies for late evangelist Billy Graham at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 28. At least nine current and former members of the Cabinet face accusations of abusing their office. Aaron Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Cabinet Scandals: Is Abuse Of Office Contagious?

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told the Senate environment committee that he does not remember comments he made in 2016 about then-candidate Donald Trump. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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EXCERPT: Scott Pruitt on KFAQ's Pat Campbell Show Feb. 4, 2016

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Hurricane Harvey delivered record rainfall to East Texas. Many scientists believe that climate change helped to make the storm wetter. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

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Patrick Bayou, pictured on Sept. 2, flooded when Hurricane Harvey slammed the Houston area. The bayou is a Superfund toxic waste site. A March cleanup report for the site did not include preparations for more severe flood events as a result of climate change. Jason Dearen/AP hide caption

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Participants look at a world map showing climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 in France. A draft government report on climate, which was released by The New York Times ahead of publication, says the U.S. is already experiencing the consequences of global warming. Stephane Mahe/Reuters hide caption

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President Trump had been urged by world leaders, scientists and CEOs to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate accord, but the agreement's critics won out. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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