Press Release

Wheeler has Disdained EPA’s Mission to Protect Public Health

Jake Thompson, 202-289-2387, jthompson@nrdc.org

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration today installed Andrew Wheeler as the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after the resignation of Scott Pruitt.

Ana Unruh Cohen, managing director for government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued this statement:

“Andrew Wheeler is equally unqualified to serve as the nation’s chief environmental steward. Like Pruitt, this veteran coal lobbyist has shown only disdain for the EPA’s vital mission to protect Americans’ health and our environment. Make no mistake: we’ll fight Wheeler’s pollution agenda with the same vigor as we did Pruitt’s.”

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