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Jeffrey Prieto Confirmed by Senate to Become EPA’s Top Lawyer

Nov. 3, 2021, 10:15 PM

The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Jeffrey Prieto as the EPA’s general counsel, putting the longtime government lawyer at the helm of the agency’s in-house law firm.

The 54-44 vote came after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) successfully moved to procedurally cut off debate on Prieto’s nomination.

As the Environmental Protection Agency’s new chief legal adviser, one of Prieto’s biggest tasks will be to defend a steady flow of new EPA air and water regulations against the inevitable legal challenges.

“Jeff and his lawyers are going to have to figure out a workable path under the Clean Air Act ...