Trump plans to nominate Wheeler as EPA chief

President Donald Trump recently announced his plans to nominate Andrew Wheeler as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler currently serves as EPA’s acting administrator, a role he assumed in July with the resignation of former Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Wheeler previously served as the EPA’s deputy administrator under Pruitt. The president shared his plans to nominate him to the position full time during a Nov. 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House. The president said: Wheeler “is going to be made permanent” as EPA boss and has “done a fantastic job” in his role at the agency.

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Trump did not indicate when a formal announcement of Wheeler’s nomination would be made.

Under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, Wheeler will be required to step aside from his acting administrator role once the White House formally nominates him to be the permanent administrator. The role of acting administrator would then fall to EPA General Counsel Matthew Leopold, the next Senate-confirmed appointee within the agency’s order of succession.

Source: AMWA 

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