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EPA watchdog faults Pruitt's $3.5 million security costs


September 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency failed to document any threats or security risks that warranted spending more than $3.5 million on unprecedented around-the-clock bodyguards for then-chief Scott Pruitt, the agency's internal watchdog concluded on Tuesday.

The EPA allowed Pruitt and his administrative team to increase the security detail to 19 agents, up from six for Pruitt's predecessor. That "undocumented decision represents an inefficient use of agency resources," the inspector general concluded.

EPA spokesman Michael Abboud said in an email that officials had to lo...

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