EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has been tapped to head up the EPA’s Environmental Protection Act, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and clean up the nation’s air.
Pruitt will be the third senior administrator in recent years to take over the EPA after Tom Vilsack and Gina McCarthy.
The agency has been hit by a series of high-profile disasters and Pruitt will be tasked with implementing his plan, which is expected to take a $1.4 billion cut in the agency’s budget.
He will also be tasked to oversee the agency through the end of the year.
“Scott Pruitt is a proven leader in environmental stewardship, and his experience and leadership are essential to our mission to protect public health and the environment,” said Administrator Gina McCarthy in a statement.
“Scott is a tireless advocate for EPA’s environmental mission, and will bring his decades of experience at the agency to the EPA, the public, and our communities.
He is the right person to lead EPA through this critical transition.”
Trump’s EPA transition team announced the appointment of Pruitt in a tweet late on Thursday.
He will be joined on the transition team by Steven Chu, a former senior advisor to President George W. Bush.
Trump’s administration is facing growing scrutiny over its environmental agenda, and Pruitt has pledged to take the EPA in a “new direction.”
“The EPA is headed in a different direction and it is critical that we move in the right direction,” Pruitt said in a speech on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
“I am excited to join the EPA team as we take the agency in a new direction.
I look forward to working with the EPA Administrator to lead the agency for years to come.”