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Air Office Nominee Could Help EPA Rewrite Obama Rules

Sept. 8, 2017, 4:55 PMUpdated: Sept. 8, 2017, 11:17 PM

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the EPA’s air office would bring a deep knowledge of the agency, which former Bush-era officials say could help advance the administration’s efforts to rewrite Obama-era regulations.

If Bill Wehrum is confirmed by the Senate to lead the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation, he would return to a post he held in an acting capacity for two years during the Bush administration.

Former officials who worked with Wehrum in the Bush EPA said his experience will benefit Administrator Scott Pruitt’s team, which is largely lacking knowledge of the agency’s inner ...