EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment on Capitol Hill April 26,
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By Michael Biesecker / AP
May 14, 2018

(WASHINGTON) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented, around-the-clock armed security protection on his very first day at the agency.

EPA’s internal watchdog has sent letters to two Democratic senators disclosing new details about the pricey security arrangements to protect Pruitt.

EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins says Pruitt himself initiated the 24-hour-a day protection. Pruitt’s staff has previously said the enhanced protection, which far exceeds that afforded to past EPA administrators, was triggered by death threats.

Pruitt has cited an August 2017 report by a staffer in Elkins’ office detailing threats as justification for the stepped-up security measures, which have included flying first-class on commercial airliners. Elkins says the 2017 summary was requested by Pruitt’s office and not intended to justify tighter security.

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