EPA Ends Gym Membership Program for Employees

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in an interview this week that the days of providing expensive gym memberships to agency employees are over.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said that he has pulled the plug on a program in which EPA employees were granted gym memberships by the agency.

Pruitt appeared on “Fox and Friends” where he was asked about a recent report which said that EPA employees charged taxpayers approximately $15,000 for gym memberships. The report said that an agency library in Las Vegas bought 37 agency employees one year memberships at a cost of $399.99 each.

“Well, the gym memberships ended yesterday, it was quite something to hear about that,” Pruitt said in response to the question about the report. “We’ll look into it. That was the previous administration that granted those gym memberships, [which were] rather expensive.”

Pruitt also answered questions about reports of EPA employees who may have used the encrypted messaging app Signal to avoid government oversight.

“There’s been a change of direction at the EPA, and I think that is what is prompting these kinds of stories,” said Pruitt. “The president has sent a very clear message that the last eight years where we had to choose between jobs and the environment; those days are over.”

For details, see EPA Investigating Employee Covert Activity.

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