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After series of scandals Pruitt quits as head of U.S. environment agency

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Scandal-hit Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt is the subject of at least a dozen investigations into his conduct.

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Since taking office Pruitt has been mired in series of scandals concerning his spending habits and alleged misuse of office.

He has been under scrutiny for renting an apartment with ties to a fossil fuels lobbyist. He is also accused of bypassing the White House to secure big pay rises for two long-time staff members.

Meanwhile he has angered many liberals and environmentalists by severely curtailing the agency's activities and repealing many measures designed to protect the environment.

President Donald Trump said Pruitt had done "an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him".

Pruitt's deputy Andrew Wheeler will take over as acting head of the agency, Trump said.

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