2 of Pruitt's top aides leave EPA amid ethics investigations

2 of Pruitt's top aides leave EPA amid ethics investigations

2 of Pruitt's top aides leave EPA amid ethics investigationsThe two top officials in charge of security and toxic-waste cleanups at the Environmental Protection Agency have abruptly left their jobs, days after EPA administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers his subordinates were to blame for ethics problems that have imperiled his political future and prompted more than a dozen federal investigations. In statements Tuesday, Pruitt praised the two men — Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, the security chief, and Albert Kelly, who ran the EPA’s Superfund program — and gave no reason for their unexpected departures. Perrotta was expected to appear Wednesday for a transcribed interview by staffers of the House oversight committee, one of the congressional bodies and federal organizations probing reports of excessive spending by Pruitt and other issues at the agency.