Press Release

Wheeler’s Record on Protecting Public Health Is Abysmal

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

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

WASHINGTON – The Senate today is moving to confirm former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing Scott Pruitt who resigned last year under a cloud of ethics breaches.

John Bowman, Senior Director of Federal Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued this statement:

“When it comes to protecting public health, Andrew Wheeler’s record is abysmal. As acting EPA administrator, his actions worsened the air we breathe, jeopardized the water we drink and increased our exposure to toxic chemicals. He disregarded science and the growing threats from climate change.

“Now as administrator, we expect he will continue doing the bidding of the polluters he used to represent. And what he can expect from us, and many others, is a wall of opposition and legal challenges to stop this dangerous agenda.” 

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