Al Armendariz, the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator for the region that includes Oklahoma, has resigned from his post after coming under fire from lawmakers for comments about industry regulation.
Last week, longtime EPA critic and Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, made reference to Armendariz’s comments about “crucifying” some companies in the oil and gas industry to make an example out of them for others. Armendariz made the comments in 2010. He apologized for them last week. The Obama White House defended the EPA’s regulatory approach last week but distanced itself from Armendariz’s remarks.
Armendariz said he was resigning so controversy over the comments wouldn’t be a distraction to work at the EPA. The Associated Press has more here.
Meanwhile, here’s the bio page for the acting administrator for Region 6, Sam Coleman.