EPA inspector general opens investigation of Pruitt's use of multiple email accounts

Pruitt requested 24/7 security on day one at EPA, internal watchdog says

Sen. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday said Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt had better get in line with the president's ethanol policy or risk losing the support of the Iowa Republican, The Hill reports.

The inspector general, an independent office within the EPA, will look into whether Pruitt is keeping a record of his emails, as he is mandated to by federal law, and whether the EPA is searching all his accounts when fulfilling public records requests.

Grassley has asked the EPA to cease issuing the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) waivers to the refineries. John Barrasso (R-WY) has expressed concerns over Pruitt's use of private email accounts, which previous heads of the EPA have done for daily communication with staff, according to Politico.

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Most recently, Pruitt has faced scrutiny for his unprecedented 24/7 security detail. It also ups the total number of federal investigations into the administrator's behavior to a dozen.

Grassley's criticism is significant given his position as a high-profile Republican senator, but the issue of the EPA waivers has not gotten as much attention compared to the ethics watchdogs, federal auditors and congressional committees who are already conducting almost a dozen inquiries into Pruitt's actions at the agency.

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