NRDC President: Senate Should Reject Four “Wildly Unfit” Trump Environmental Picks

WASHINGTON – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is poised to get four key reinforcements in his mission to eviscerate commonsense environment and public health safeguards Americans depend on.

The Natural Resources Defense Council urges the Senate to block each of them.

President Trump has nominated fossil fuel apologist and climate change denier Kathleen Hartnett White to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality, charged with overseeing responsible stewardship across the federal government.

Trump also named career chemical industry lobbyist Michael Dourson to head up oversight of toxic chemicals regulation at EPA; William Wehrum, whose work at EPA resulted in dozens of Clean Air Act violations during the George W. Bush administration, to preside over EPA’s enforcement of rules meant to keep industrial air pollution in check; and coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as Pruitt’s deputy, charged with overseeing day to day operations at EPA.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will consider two of the EPA nominees - Dourson and Wehrum – in a business meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning October 18.

Rhea Suh, president of NRDC, made the following statement:

“These nominees are wildly unfit for positions that will directly impact the quality of our air, water, climate and health for years and even decades to come. The Senate should roundly reject all four abysmal nominees. And then it should insist that the White House appoint qualified candidates who will advance the solemn mission to protect Americans’ health and our environment, not put both at risk for the sake of polluter profits.”

Suh makes her case here:


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