Andrew Wheeler officially nominated to head EPA

Chemical Watch | January 10, 2019

US President Donald Trump has nominated Andrew Wheeler as head of the EPA. Mr Wheeler has been acting administrator at the agency since July. The previous chief, Scott Pruitt, resigned after a series of scandals last year. Mr Wheeler was deputy administrator at that time, and has filled the leadership role in an acting capacity ever since. President Trump pledged to officially nominate him to the position in November. The Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) will consider the nomination at a 16 January hearing. While the EPA currently has only a skeleton staff due to the partial government shutdown, Congress is fully staffed.

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