Andrew Wheeler to become Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.

November 29, 2018

On November 16, 2018 President Donald Trump said he plans to nominate Andrew Wheeler, currently acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to be the EPA’s Senate-confirmed administrator according to a report from The Hill. Trump made the announcement during a White House ceremony for Medal of Freedom recipients.

Acting EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler.

He said Wheeler “is going to be made permanent,” adding that “he’s done a fantastic job and I want to congratulate him.”

Before becoming administrator, Trump will have to submit Wheeler’s nomination to the Senate. A majority of senators would then need to confirm Wheeler.

Wheeler became acting administrator in July, when then-EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned. Wheeler at the time was the EPA’s deputy administrator, a Senate-confirmed position he assumed in April.

Before working for the government, Wheeler was a lobbyist and lawyer for energy companies such as coal mining giant Murray Energy Corp.

Earlier in his career, Wheeler worked as a senior aide to Sen. James Inhofe(R-Okla.), who previously led the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He started out his career at the EPA, working as a career employee on toxic substances policy.

Wheeler has brought a quieter voice than Pruitt to the EPA but he has still aggressively pursued a deregulatory agenda.

He has overseen some of the most consequential EPA actions on behalf of Trump, such as rolling out proposals to roll back or repeal limits on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants, car fuel efficiency standards and limits on methane pollution from oil and natural gas drillers.

What this means to you
President Donald Trump said he plans to nominate Andrew Wheeler, currently acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to be the EPA’s Senate-confirmed administrator.

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