Third Pruitt Aide This Week Is Leaving EPA

May 03, 2018

By Heidi Vogt –

The top spokeswoman for Environmental Protection Agency is leaving the agency, the third departure this week of an aide close to Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is facing investigations into management and spending practices.

Liz Bowman’s announcement follows the exit of two other top EPA officials—Mr. Pruitt’s head of security and the administrator of the Superfund program that cleans up toxic-waste sites.

She told The Wall Street Journal in an email that she is leaving for a congressional position, becoming communications director for Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa).

Ms. Bowman called the new position “an opportunity I couldn’t pass up to serve Senator Ernst and the people of Iowa.”

”Being a member of the EPA team has allowed me to further my skills, learn from my mistakes, and make lifelong friendships,” she said in a statement issued Thursday

Mr. Pruitt is under investigation by the White House, inspector general of the EPA, House oversight committee and Government Accountability Office over spending on security, lodging, and travel, along with allegations that he pushed out staffers who criticized his decisions. He has denied the allegations and noted that ethics officers cleared the actions.

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