Two officials close to EPA chief Scott Pruitt resign amid scrutiny

May 01, 2018

By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Emma Brown –

Albert ‘Kell’ Kelly, a top aide to Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt who was hired to revitalize the agency’s cleanup of toxic sites, resigned Tuesday amid scrutiny of his previous actions as the leader of a bank in Oklahoma and of his lifetime ban from banking.

Kelly joined Pruitt at EPA a year ago to head up a task force examining ways to improve and streamline the EPA’s Superfund program. Around the same time, as part of a civil settlement, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation fined him $125,000, and it later banned him from banking altogether.

Kelly’s resignation was one of two high-profile EPA departures on Tuesday. The head of Pruitt’s personal security detail, Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, also announced his retirement from the agency.

Perrotta faces congressional scrutiny for his role in Pruitt’s security arrangements, which have been more extensive than those of previous EPA administrators. He initially had planned to step down this summer but accelerated his retirement, officials said.

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