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    Under fire for ethics scandals, EPA chief Pruitt resigns

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who had been lauded by President Donald Trump for his aggressive efforts to roll back environmental regulations, resigned on Thursday under heavy fire for a series of ethics-related controversies.

    Pruitt was one of Trumpís most polarizing Cabinet members, slashing regulations on the energy and manufacturing industries, including a move to repeal former President Barack Obamaís signature program to cut carbon emissions from power plants, dubbed the Clean Power Plan.

    He was also instrumental last year in lobbying Trump to withdraw the United States from the global 2015 Paris climate accord to combat global warming.

    But Pruitt lost favor with Trumpís inner circle after a string of controversies including first-class travel at taxpayer expense, lavish spending on security, the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office and accusations he used his position to receive favors, such as a discounted rental on a high-end condo from an energy lobbyistís wife.
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