Trump indicates he might formally tap Wheeler to lead EPA.

November 1, 2018

On October 23, 2018 President Trump indicated that he might nominate current acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler to be the agency’s official head, according to a report from The Hill.

Acting EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler.

Wheeler was nominated and confirmed by the Senate to be deputy administrator and took over the top job on an acting basis in July when former head Scott Pruitt resigned.

But at a White House event Trump said he might want Wheeler to be able to drop the “acting” title.

“He’s acting, but he’s doing well, right? So maybe he won’t be so acting so long,” Trump said when calling Wheeler up to the stage at the State Leadership Day Conference.

“Especially if he gets this done,” he said, going on to explain an issue that a Texas port has had in getting permits to dredge their port facilities.

Wheeler was a lobbyist and consultant at Faegre Baker Daniels for many energy clients, including coal miner Murray Energy Corp., before taking the EPA job earlier this year. Prior to that, he worked for Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and as a career employee at EPA.

Wheeler is limited to 210 days as acting EPA administrator. But a legal provision that applies specifically to EPA might give him the ability to stay in the position longer if needed.

He would have to go through another Senate confirmation process if Trump wanted him to take the administrator job on a nonacting basis.

What this means to you
President Trump indicated on October 23rd that he might nominate current acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler to be the agency’s official head

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