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: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Trump administration to repeal waterway protections The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks 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."

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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 PriceTom Price: The fiscal crisis at hand The Hill's Morning Report — Hurricane headed for Florida changes Trump's travel plans The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Trump at a pivotal crossroads on Iran Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran | Pentagon chief calls attack on Saudi oil facilities 'unprecedented' | Administration weighs response | 17th US service member killed in Afghanistan this year 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.