The performing head of the Environmental Safety Company plans to maintain reducing anti-pollution guidelines and laws on trade.
Andrew Wheeler held his first assembly with EPA workers Wednesday after taking on the job for Scott Pruitt, who resigned final week amid allegations of ethics violations.
Wheeler, like Pruitt and President Donald Trump, believes the nation’s air and water can nonetheless be protected with out what they are saying are job-killing laws and air pollution requirements on trade.
Wheeler stated the EPA would make cleansing up Superfund industrial waste websites and investing in water infrastructure priorities.
He promised to take heed to all voices throughout the company. “I worth your enter and your suggestions, and you’ll discover me and my crew able to pay attention,” Wheeler instructed staffers.
Wheeler additionally stated he was happy with his work as a coal trade lobbyist — one thing that has attracted criticism from environmentalists and a few Democrats. He stated some folks use the time period “coal lobbyist” in a derogatory method, however that he had nothing to be ashamed of.
Wheeler’s lobbying efforts primarily targeted on higher well being care, pensions and advantages for retired coal miners.
Trump will nominate a brand new EPA chief within the coming months, and that individual should meet Senate approval. Wheeler has stated he’s not within the job completely.