andrew wheeler

The Top-Down Contamination of the EPA

The Top-Down Contamination of the EPA

By Jeff Turrentine When former administrator Scott Pruitt stepped down and Andrew Wheeler took over, few who care about clean air, clean water and climate change actually thought things were going to get dramatically better at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler, after all, came to the job after working as a coal lobbyist […]

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    Watchdog Group: EPA Sharing Pro-Trump Resignation Letter Violated Laws Against Campaigning on Public Dime

    Watchdog Group: EPA Sharing Pro-Trump Resignation Letter Violated Laws Against Campaigning on Public Dime

    The Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ran afoul of a law against campaigning when it made a resignation letter praising President Donald Trump available to the press, watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) said Monday. On Feb. 7, former Principal Deputy Administrator in the EPA’s Office of […]

    Wheeler’s EPA Keeps Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos in Food

    Wheeler’s EPA Keeps Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos in Food

    Health and labor organizations will have to argue again in court that chlorpyrifos, a brain-damaging pesticide, must be banned from all food uses, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The decision comes four months after Andrew Wheeler’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked the court to rehear the case either by the three-judge […]

    ‘As Trumpian As it Gets’: Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Moves Closer to Full-Time EPA Spot

    ‘As Trumpian As it Gets’: Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Moves Closer to Full-Time EPA Spot

    Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler is one step closer to deregulating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The former coal lobbyist, who critics say is even worse for the environment than his scandal-plagued predecessor Scott Pruitt, secured a key approval by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday, sending President Trump‘s […]

    Wheeler Appoints Climate Denier to EPA Science Board

    Wheeler Appoints Climate Denier to EPA Science Board

    Former coal lobbyist and acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler has named a climate denier to serve on the agency’s Science Advisory Board, which is responsible for giving independent policy advice. Among eight new members added to the board Thursday is University of Alabama in Huntsville atmospheric science professor John Christy, who […]

    Cost of Polluter Penalties at 20-Year-Low Under Trump’s EPA

    Cost of Polluter Penalties at 20-Year-Low Under Trump’s EPA

    Civil fines charged to polluters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration fell 85 percent during the last fiscal year when compared to the average annual amount charged over the past two decades, The Washington Post reported Thursday. That makes last year the lowest average year for penalties since 1994. The […]

    Acting EPA Head Wheeler Downplays Climate Crisis at Confirmation Hearing

    Acting EPA Head Wheeler Downplays Climate Crisis at Confirmation Hearing

    Acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler downplayed the threat of climate change and defended his deregulatory record at the first Senate confirmation hearing on his nomination to officially run the agency Wednesday. It was a hearing that some activists and Democrats did not even think should take place, […]

    Senate Shouldn’t Put Wheeler at the Wheel of the EPA

    Senate Shouldn’t Put Wheeler at the Wheel of the EPA

    By Ana Unruh Cohen As the longest government shut down in history drags on, and the experts protecting our air and water remain off the job, the Senate is barreling forward to put Andrew Wheeler at the wheel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is unfit for this public trust. In his seven-month […]