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July 16, 2018

New EPA chief reaches out to those Pruitt had spurned

EPA’s new chief sought Wednesday to turn the page on Scott Pruitt.

In a speech at agency headquarters, acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler pledged to safeguard the environment, saying it was his privilege “to work alongside you to protect human health.” He reassured employees shellshocked by Pruitt’s 17 months of secrecy and scandal that he shared their concerns. And he welcomed reporters into the EPA’s fortress-like building, even setting out extra chairs for them.

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