How things will (and won’t) change at EPA with Scott Pruitt gone

Scott Pruitt
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

The Environmental Protection Agency is likely to see smoother processes, less ethical controversy and a small number of potential policy shifts with Administrator Scott Pruitt gone. But don’t expect the overall direction of the agency to change.

Why it matters: For months Pruitt’s various scandals have dominated headlines and distracted attention from the agency’s regulatory rollbacks under Trump. With him gone, you will have an agency scarred by a tumultuous run but nonetheless on the same policy track.