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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Thursday

The news arrived via Donald Trump's Twitter account, where he announced that Andrew Wheeler, current deputy of the EPA, will take the reins starting Monday until a permanent successor can be nominated/appointed.

Brandon Hurlbut, former chief of staff at the Department of Energy, said the ethics complaints are one thing that is likely to change with Wheeler.

"In addition to spending a decade getting paid to push corporate polluter interests in Washington, Wheeler has made clear he will do everything in his power to roll back essential safeguards that protect our air, water, and families from harmful toxins like mercury, arsenic, lead, and other pollution". There are more than 500 abandoned mines, some of which are already part of the EPA's Superfund program. There is little doubt Mr. Wheeler will try to finish the job. In them, he noted that Trump gave money to both political parties over the years and said Trump was a successful PR person but not a successful businessman. If the Senate rejects a second nominee, then the president will have to nominate a new acting administrator (Climatewire, June 25). We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright! "I don't want to be a distraction.' And I think Scott felt that he was a distraction", said Trump.

Wheeler declined an interview with CNN, instead offering a statement defending his ethics record. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this.

Trump tweeted Thursday that EPA deputy Andrew Wheeler would "assume duties as the acting administrator of the EPA". Bears Ears threatened to impede an important transport road for EFI and the company feared it could hinder its operations, according to an SEC filing and a letter Chalmers sent to the Department of Interior. "Pruitt went behind closed doors and took an authoritative position". He was also instrumental in convincing President Donald Trump to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, an global commitment to lower greenhouse gas emissions with the goal of slowing the effects of climate change. The decision was seen as a victory for EFI and other companies.

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After leaving Congress, worked for years as a lobbyist for some of the largest coal, chemical and uranium companies in the USA - including the uranium mining firm that pushed for the reduction of Bears Ears National Monument, which is near one of its processing facilities. "It was very much up to him". That plan ultimately became the framework of a proposal by Perry to bail out struggling coal and nuclear power plants (Wheeler was also a nuclear industry lobbyist).

During his tenure Pruitt oversaw the largest regulatory rollback in EPA history. But it has changed Trump's Cabinet. And while in the Senate, he worked for Sen.

Back in 2004, Wheeler was the staff director for Oklahoma Republican Rep. James Inhofe, the Senate's highest-profile denier of manmade climate change.

Pruitt's EPA has been eyeing giveaways to the glider industry for some time.

Asked about the matter at his Senate committee hearing previous year, Wheeler promised he "would certainly listen to the career scientists at the agency and the outside science advisory boards to the agency on what is the best available science at the time for any regulatory decisions".

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