There is no doubt that the Environmental Protection Agency (epa) is undergoing drastic changes under the leadership of Trump-appointed director Scott Pruitt. The former Oklahoma Attorney General is known for suing the EPA multiple times and reportedly still has a LinkedIn profile that describes him as leading against the EPA's "activist" agenda. Much like the appointment of other directors to lead various government agencies, there is a clear pattern of Trump appointing people who would do the exact opposite of what the functions of the agencies are supposed to be.

Pruitt blocks EPA employee visits

In one report by the New York Times via MSN News titled: "Scott Pruitt is carrying out his E.P.A. agenda in secret, critics say" it describes how Pruitt is operating in a more hostile and dismissive matter against EPA employees. For instance, the floor where his office is located is no longer accessible to the agency's employees as it used to be. Interviews with more than 20 current and former employees have said that Pruitt is taking "extraordinary measures to conceal his actions." Employees say that not only are the doors to his floor frequently locked, but that EPA employees are required to be escorted to go see him.

Pruitt's self-isolation from EPA

Sources within the EPA have also said that they are often told to not bring their cellphones when they go meet with the EPA director and to not take notes.

They also claim that the director uses other offices to make phone calls instead of the phone in his own office and that he is even accompanied by armed guards. The article points out that he is the first head of an agency to ever request round-the-clock guards. This appears to be similar to how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been said to operate within the State Department.

Its been reported that he takes a private elevator to his office and is often locked away in his office, never engaging with State Department employees.

Early in the year, President Trump signed executive orders that gave Pruitt the power to roll back regulations at the EPA and the freedom to take his own liberties in terms of changing the agency.

This has resulted in the removal of scientific advisers from a board and the installment of a new process where he can create his own "science" to make their own decisions on regulating pollution. This is largely seen as his way of creating their own "facts" with insight provided by mass polluters who can create reasons to advance their industry. Not only has the EPA director attempted to roll back regulations, he has closed offices and eliminated staff. Overall, it seems that Pruitt is working hard to conceal his obvious work to end the EPA.

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