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Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt registers as lobbyist in Indiana

Scott Pruitt, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has registered as a lobbyist in Indiana.

Pruitt listed himself as a self-employed consultant in his filing with the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday.

Pruitt left the EPA and the Trump administration in July, ending a brief tenure that was marred by several controversies.

The Star reports that Pruitt's filings identified RailPoint Solutions LLC as his only client and his lobbying topics include "energy" and "natural resources."

Pruitt previously served as Oklahoma's attorney general and in the state legislature. The Star noted it was unclear what Pruitt was working on in Indiana.

The RailPoint Solutions lobbying registration reportedly lists Heather Tryon, the chief financial officer of Sunrise Coal, as a responsible party. Sunrise Coal is the second-largest coal producer in the state, according to the Star.

Pruitt was previously the subject of scrutiny and several ethics probes over a deal to rent an apartment in Washington from the wife of an energy lobbyist and spending more than $40,000 on a soundproof phone booth for his office at the EPA, among other incidents.

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