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Personnel Moves May Expose Pruitt To Whistleblower Claims

Law360 (April 8, 2018, 3:18 PM EDT) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s deregulatory push has spawned a predictable flurry of lawsuits from green groups, but Pruitt may face legal battles on a different and perhaps unexpected front if agency workers who reportedly took flack after raising concerns about his actions decide to file whistleblower claims.

The New York Times last week said that five top advisers and security personnel who questioned some of Pruitt’s expenditures, travel habits and security-related moves — such as using a vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens to go to dinner — were either demoted to jobs with less responsibility, transferred to jobs...

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