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Senate Sends EPA an Air Chief in Largely Party Line Vote

Nov. 9, 2017, 3:57 PMUpdated: Nov. 9, 2017, 5:51 PM

The Senate is sending the EPA an air chief—adding to the agency’s team its second confirmed political appointee.

In a largely party line 49–47 vote, the Senate confirmed William Wehrum to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, a post he held in an acting capacity during the Bush administration. Senate Democrats unanimously opposed Wehrum’s nomination, and they were joined by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the only Republican to vote no.

Wehrum otherwise had the support of Republicans, and he is expected to play a critical role in the EPA’s plans ...