Press Release

Wheeler Should Not be Promoted at EPA

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

Elizabeth Heyd
eheyd@nrdc.org, (202) 289-2424

WASHINGTON – The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is holding a confirmation hearing today on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The former coal lobbyist has been acting administrator since former EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned last July. 

Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made this statement:

“Andrew Wheeler should not be promoted. The Senate should reject him immediately. The EPA is our last line of defense against toxic pollution and environmental ruin. The American people expect its chief to honor that mission and protect the environment and public health - not go to bat for polluter profits at the people’s expense.”

A blog by Ana Unruh Cohen, managing director of government affairs at NRDC, on why Wheeler shouldn’t lead the EPA is here: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/ana-unruh-cohen/senate-shouldnt-put-wheeler-wheel-epa

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