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Temporary EPA Chief Could Keep Gig for Years Without Senate Vote

July 16, 2018, 12:09 PM

President Donald Trump’s temporary replacement for embattled former EPA chief Scott Pruitt may not be so temporary after all.

Senate Republicans are eager to avoid a politically charged fight to confirm Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator, the role he is filling on an acting basis, before midterm elections in November and amid a separate battle over Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Trump hasn’t said whether he will nominate Wheeler for the EPA’s top job. But the former energy industry lobbyist, who also worked at the agency and as a senior GOP aide on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, may...

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