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Trump Nominates Wheeler as EPA Administrator (1)

Jan. 9, 2019, 6:12 PMUpdated: Jan. 9, 2019, 6:51 PM

President Donald Trump Jan. 9 nominated Andrew Wheeler to head the EPA, seeking to elevate the former coal lobbyist who has led the agency on an acting basis for six months.

Trump praised Wheeler last November for having “done a fantastic job” as acting administrator of Environmental Protection Agency following the July 2018 resignation of the EPA’s scandal-plagued former chief, Scott Pruitt.

The nomination now heads to the Senate, which narrowly confirmed Wheeler for his current job as the EPA’s deputy administrator last April by a vote of 53-45, amid complaints from Democrats and environmentalists that his energy-heavy roster of...

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