EPA chief flew on private and military aircraft for official business: report

EPA chief flew on private and military aircraft for official business: report
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' Architect of controversial EPA policies to return as chief of staff: report EPA asked to justify proposal to limit power of its science advisers MORE used both private and military aircraft for official travel over the summer.

The EPA confirmed that Pruitt made one round-trip flight on a private plane and two trips on a government plane, CNN reported

Pruitt flew from Cincinnati to New York's JFK airport on an Air Force plane on June 7, before boarding a commercial flight to Italy for a Group of Seven environmental summit. 

A spokesman for the EPA told CNN that the use of the military plane was necessary "due to logistical obstacles and the need to schedule meetings with the Vatican before the G7 Summit."


On Aug. 4, Pruitt flew on a private jet from Denver to Durango, Colo., and back, because his commercial flight had been delayed by more than five hours, CNN reported, citing an EPA spokesman. 

Both flights were reportedly cleared by the agency's ethics council. 

The revelation that Pruitt used government and private planes for official government travel comes as other Trump administration officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceDNC chair says app used in Iowa won't be used in other primary states Hillicon Valley: Iowa chaos highlights misinformation threat | Officials blame app for delayed results | Company offers 'regret' | Nevada officials drop plans to use app | Ohio ramps up election security Company behind Iowa Democratic caucus app expresses 'regret' MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinBloomberg proposes financial transaction tax GOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts MORE, face scrutiny for flights using military or private aircraft.

The Treasury Department inspector general is looking into Mnuchin's use of a government plane during a trip to Kentucky last month.

And the Health and Human Services inspector general is reviewing Price's use of private planes that reportedly cost taxpayers some $400,000.