Next EPA chief must clean up Pruitt's mess

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"As with any change in leadership you can expect a change in approach, and in this case a change in tone as well", Konkus said. Glider trucks were introduced as a way to recycle older truck parts like engines from trucks damaged in accidents, but, as pollution controls on newer engines improved, some truck buyers saw them as a way to save on more expensive pollution controls that can reduce fuel economy.

In July 2017, after Fitzgerald Glider Kits petitioned EPA to do so, the agency announced it meant to revisit the Phase 2 glider kit provisions. After reviewing comments on that proposal submitted by stakeholders, the agency determined additional evaluation is needed before a final decision is made, said Molly Block, an EPA spokeswoman.

The agency, she said, is also considering formally delaying the 300-unit cap until December 2019 - by which point it hopes to have permanently repealed the cap. His calendar entries were released only after the Sierra Club and American Oversight filed public record lawsuits.

Wheeler had been serving as the EPA's second in command since his April confirmation by the Senate, a period of time during which the agency was plagued with headlines-grabbing and ethics-probes-inducing controversies over Pruitt's alleged inappropriate spending, use of staff and relationships with lobbyists.

"I'm glad to see Pruitt go", Jepsen said. But that move came only after Fitzgerald donated tens of thousands of dollars to Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who is a candidate for governor there, and who asked Pruitt to reverse the rule. "In 2018, small manufacturers are limited to no more than 300 gliders" by the rule. News of the enforcement loophole was broken by The New York Times one day after theresignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on July 5.

However, it should be noted that, per The Washington Post, a September 11 letter to then-EPA chief Pruitt urged him not to revisit the rule, contending that glider kits "should not be used for circumventing purchase of now certified powertrains".

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