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 PruittOvernight Energy: Rate of new endangered species listings falls | EPA approves use of 'cyanide bombs' to protect livestock | Watchdog says EPA didn't conduct required analyses EPA didn't conduct required analyses of truck engine rule: internal watchdog Is Big Oil feeling the heat? 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 TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades 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 RubioHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump TikTok's leader to meet with lawmakers next week GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements MORE’s (Fla.) 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements Giffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Democratic challenger to Joni Ernst releases ad depicting her as firing gun at him MORE’s (Iowa) 2014 campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Wilcox’s departure was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Miranda Green contributed.