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Certainty Drives Better Environmental Protection, New EPA Head Says

July 11, 2018, 8:02 PM

The EPA under acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has a new policy mantra: providing certainty—to states, regulated entities, and the American public.

Wheeler, who moved from the Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 spot to its helm July 9, said in his first public remarks to agency employees that he will focus on restoring certainty in the agency’s policy making and in the manner the EPA communicates with the public.

“A lack of certainty and clarity from EPA hinders environmental protections and creates paralysis in the marketplace,” Wheeler told employees gathered the map room at EPA headquarters July 11.

He outlined three ...