Bloomberg Law
June 16, 2021, 6:13 PM

Biden Pick for EPA Lawyer Glides Through Confirmation Hearing

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

Jeff Prieto, the Biden administration’s pick to become the EPA’s top lawyer, sidestepped questions from lawmakers who tried to pin down his enforcement philosophy during a Wednesday confirmation hearing.

Prieto repeatedly told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee he wasn’t familiar with the details about regional haze settlements, waters of the United States, and the Biden administration’s nationally determined contribution on carbon emissions because he doesn’t work at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Prieto also said many challenges to EPA rules happen because the agency hasn’t followed the Administrative Procedure Act, and he pledged to be diligent about doing a ...