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Pallone on Wheeler’s EPA Nomination

January 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement after President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to be Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator:

“Once again the Trump Administration has chosen an inappropriate time to make an announcement regarding the health and welfare of our environment.  After doubling down on the senseless Trump Shutdown, the White House has formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as the Administrator of the EPA.  

“Mr. Wheeler’s record of rollbacks as Acting Administrator leaves me wondering if he is up to the task of protecting the water we drink and air we breathe.  If he intends to adequately fulfill the mission of the EPA – to protect human health and the environment – a drastic change in course is needed.  Wheeler might not be the cartoon villain that Scott Pruitt was as Administrator, but he’s no Captain Planet.

“I have serious concerns with how Trump’s EPA has consistently sided with the special interests over people’s health and the environment, and the Energy and Commerce Committee will be looking to restore the environmental protections that have been gutted.”