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Wheeler Pushes Back on Reports Claiming Lax EPA Enforcement (1)

Jan. 16, 2019, 8:58 PMUpdated: Jan. 16, 2019, 10:33 PM

Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler pushed back against recent reports from activist groups that his agency is too lax on those who violate environmental laws, questioning some of the data and claiming enforcement numbers are up.

During a Jan. 16 confirmation hearing on his nomination to lead the agency permanently, Republican senators gave Wheeler an opportunity to rebut two recent reports that analyzed Environmental Protection Agency data on enforcement cases and found double digit percentage drops in many categories since the Trump administration took office.

Wheeler told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that, contrary to ...