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Scott Pruitt is bringing back memories of the EPA's most tumultuous era. But there's a key difference

Apr 04, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

A brash new leader takes over the Environmental Protection Agency, pushing sharp budget cuts and a massive rollback of environmental rules.

But before long, the administrator is mired in a wave of controversy and scandal.

That's the story of EPA chief Scott Pruitt - but it is also the story of the late Anne Gorsuch Burford, who was the first EPA administrator under President Ronald Reagan. (She's also mother to Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.)

The parallels between Pr...