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Wheeler’s Acts to Protect Polluters Shouldn’t be Rewarded

WASHINGTON - President Trump today nominated Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The former coal lobbyist has been acting administrator since former EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned under an ethical cloud last July. 

Ana Unruh Cohen, managing director for government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made this statement:


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“Even as acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler has proven he remains an ally of the coal and oil barons that once paid him, and not the American people whose health he should be protecting. He’s worked to worsen the air we breathe, the water we drink and the heat we feel, flouting the mission of the EPA at every opportunity. Americans deserve an EPA administrator who will protect them, not the big polluters.”


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The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

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