Schwarzenegger celebrates Pruitt resignation: 'It's about time'
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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), a frequent critic of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: EPA to make formal decision on regulating drinking water contaminant | Utility to close coal plant despite Trump plea | Greens say climate is high on 2020 voters’ minds EPA to announce PFAS chemical regulation plans by end of year Court tosses challenge to EPA's exclusion of certain scientists from advisory boards MORE, applauded the embattled administrator's resignation on Thursday.

“It's about time,” Schwarzenegger tweeted. “He will go down in history books the worst EPA Administrator we've ever had.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE announced on Thursday that he had accepted Pruitt’s resignation following months of ethics scandals and controversies.

Schwarzenegger often tore into Pruitt’s leadership at the EPA. In May, he wrote that Pruitt could not be taken seriously, dubbing the then-embattled administrator "the worst Environmental secretary that we have ever had."


The former governor, an environmental activist, previously had criticized Pruitt for his ties to oil and gas companies. Earlier this year, Schwarzenegger announced that he would had plans to sue oil companies, alleging that they are “knowingly killing people all over the world.”

California, long a front-runner among states on environmental issues, had run up against Pruitt and the Trump administration on numerous occasions for the former EPA head's rollback of several Obama-era environmental protections.

State officials, now led by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), are suing the Trump administration for its decision to lower standards for car tailpipe emissions.