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Former EPA Chief Had Security Drive Into Oncoming Traffic To Get Dry Cleaning

Scott Pruitt, a former head of the Environmental Protection Agency throughout the Trump administration, usually requested his federal safety element to hurry and use sirens and emergency lights as a result of he was operating late to conferences, in line with a federal report launched Thursday.

In one 2017 occasion, a particular agent drove Pruitt with the automobile’s lights and sirens on by way of oncoming visitors. The administrator was operating late for an company meeting and wanted to choose up his dry cleansing.

“Can you guys use that magic button to get us through traffic?” Pruitt mentioned throughout one other occasion, according to an account in the report. Other accounts embody Pruitt saying “speed it up” and “we need to get there quicker,” which created an ungainly atmosphere in his automobiles, the doc says.

The report was ready in June 2018, however solely launched this week. The New York Times was the primary to report on the doc.

The Times added that the brokers knew utilizing the sirens and emergency lights — that are solely for use in emergency conditions — violated federal insurance policies, however discovered it onerous to disobey Pruitt, who usually ran late to occasions and conferences.

A former aide to Pruitt described his requests to make use of the lights as “overly obnoxious, excessive and more dangerous to everyone.”

A particular agent interviewed for the report mentioned they went as far as to inform different brokers to disable or unplug the lights and sirens “so they wouldn’t use them because the administrator will still instruct they be used, but the agent can say they don’t work.”

The EPA now mandates any violation of the company’s siren coverage be reported.

Pruitt resigned in July 2018 after a controversial tenure that featured a spate of ethics scandals and greater than a dozen federal investigations. He was criticized for usually spending hundreds of {dollars} on first-class flights house to Oklahoma and improperly spending $43,000 in taxpayer money to build a soundproof telephone sales space inside his office.

The EPA finally discovered Pruitt spent nearly $124,000 on “excessive” journey plans.

Details from Pruitt’s tenure are nearly positive to return to gentle within the coming months after he filed to run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate. He’s vying for the seat held by longtime GOPer Sen. Jim Inhofe.

“I think Oklahomans know when the New York Times and CNN and MSNBC and those places are against you, Oklahomans are for you,” Pruitt advised The Associated Press in April.

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