EPA spokesman to leave agency

EPA spokesman to leave agency

One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) top communications officials is leaving the agency, days after former Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEnvironmentalists renew bid to overturn EPA policy barring scientists from advisory panels Six states sue EPA over pesticide tied to brain damage Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules MORE resigned.

Jahan Wilcox, whose official title was strategic communications adviser, established a reputation for his passionate defenses of Pruitt and the EPA and his often abrasive interactions with reporters.

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“It’s been a privilege to advance President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE’s agenda of environmental stewardship and regulatory reform,” Wilcox said in a statement.

The departure comes less than a week after Pruitt left the agency following months of scandals involving the administrator's ethics, taxpayer-funded spending decisions, allegations he had staff complete personal tasks for him and other issues.

Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler took over Monday as the acting head of the agency.

A number of top political aides to Pruitt left as the scandals grew, including former Associate Administrator for Public Affairs Liz Bowman, scheduling director Millan Hupp and senior counsel Sarah Greenwalt.

Wilcox has worked in communications roles for numerous GOP political campaigns or operations, including North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s 2016 campaign, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE’s (Fla.) 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstAir Force probe finds no corroboration of sexual assault allegations against Trump pick Gun control activists set to flex muscle in battle for Senate Businesses, farmers brace for new phase in Trump trade war MORE’s (Iowa) 2014 campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Wilcox’s departure was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Miranda Green contributed.