In this March 29, 2018, file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt talks with local media following a press conference after taking a tour of the Black Thunder coal mine outside of Wright, Wyo. Pruitt moved to roll back environmental regulations affecting many industries. Pruitt proposed last year to repeal a key climate-change regulation of President Barack Obama’s administration, which aimed to reduce emissions of carbon-trapping gases from coal-fired power plants. (Josh Galemor/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)
WASHINGTON — Taking over from an ambitious predecessor known for seeking out the rich, powerful and conservative, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly named acting chief has promised to reach out to anxious staffers throughout the demoralized agency and to lawmakers of both political parties.