Environment & Energy Report

Wheeler’s Bid for EPA Chief Clears Senate Environment Panel (2)

Feb. 5, 2019, 3:24 PMUpdated: Feb. 5, 2019, 3:39 PM

Andrew Wheeler is one step closer to securing his spot as permanent EPA chief.

The Senate Environment and Public Works committee voted 11-10 along party lines Feb. 5 to advance Wheeler’s nomination to be Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

Wheeler, who currently serves as the EPA’s acting head, took the helm of the agency in July 2018 after scandal-plagued former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned. President Donald Trump tapped Wheeler to lead the agency permanently in January.

Senate Republicans aim to move Wheeler’s nomination quickly to a full vote. Sen John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told Bloomberg Environment that Senate...

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