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During the chaos of government interruption, Trump's nominees stand to replace Pruitt at the EPA, and the Senate is questioning



As much of the energy in Washington is focused on the struggle for the Presidential frontier wall and the consequences of the partial governmental settlement, President Donald Trump's candidate to take over the Federal Agency for Human Health and the Environment is scheduled for a crucial hearing.

Andrew Wheeler took over the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency in July after Scott Pruitt, the former administrator, resigned under increasing ethical issues and controversy.

Wheeler has worked as a working administrator for several months, and Trump nominated him to officially take over the position earlier this month.

  PHOTO: Andrew Wheeler during his Confirmation Hearing as Deputy Administrator of the EPA before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on November 8, 2017. Alex Edelman / image-alliance / dpa / AP [19659006] Andrew Wheeler during his confirmation hearing as Deputy Administrator of the EPA before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on November 8, 2017.

A spokesman for the Environment and Labor Committee said in a statement senators are expected to question Wheeler on his track record since taking over from the Agency and the impact of Government decommissioning. The vast majority of EPA's nearly 14,000 employees are sent home without pay.

"As an EPA acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler has largely been intact and built on Scott Prucht's political agenda at the expense of the Agency's mission to protect the environment and public health – from the weakening of fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for vehicles to undermine the MATS rule. , the list goes on, "the spokesman said in a statement.

Democrats are also likely to ask about Wheeler's relations with companies he represented as a lobbyist.

  PHOTO: Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, appears on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee of Capitol Hill in Washington on August 1, 2018. J. Scott Applewhite / AP
Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, appears for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington, August 1, 2018.

Democrats in the Committee, led by ranking Member Sen. Tom Carper in Delaware, has raised concerns that EPA employees are struggling without pay during the interruption and that important environmental enforcement is on hold while they are not at work. Carper has also raised concerns that the Republicans are trying to hurry the nomination by having the hearing during the interruption.

Public health and environmental groups have also expressed concerns that Wheeler, like Pruitt, will continue to revoke environmental regulations, including rules to prevent the release of mercury and other toxic substances from power plants.


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