President Trump Says He'll Name Andrew Wheeler Permanent Head of EPA

Mindy Sparks
November 19, 2018

"I opposed Mr. Wheeler's original nomination because I have serious concerns about what his background - as a coal lobbyist who undermined climate science - means for his leadership of EPA, and because I foresaw he would soon be called on to lead the agency in the wake of Scott Pruitt's devastating tenure without being sufficiently vetted for the position".

"I will try to work to implement the president's agenda", he told The Post shortly after he took over the reins at EPA this summer.

In the months since, Wheeler has continued to advance Trump's agenda, proposing rules to loosen carbon limits on power plants and relax fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks.

But Wheeler also has struck a more conciliatory tone with career employees at the agency, emphasizing that he once served in their ranks and that he values their service.

Wheeler, like his predecessor, undoubtedly will have the support of industry. The nomination would require Senate confirmation.

He has said that he is "not at all ashamed" of his lobbying for the coal company Murray Energy Corp, the focus of criticism by environmentalists.


Trump has not yet officially nominated Wheeler as EPA administrator, at which point Wheeler would have to be confirmed by the Senate after facing questions at hearings.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will nominate acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler as the permanent replacement for Scott Pruitt, the former EPA chief who resigned amid a flurry of ethical scandals. It's a move that could only come from a president hell-bent on rolling back public health and environmental regulations, said EWG President Ken Cook. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, was less diplomatic.

"He's done a fantastic job and I want to congratulate him", Trump said.

A former lobbyist for coal and other industries, Wheeler has a reputation as a lower-profile, methodical steward of the Trump administration's deregulatory mission.

This article was written by Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, reporters for The Washington Post.

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