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A top Environmental Protection Agency official who had led the agency’s weakening of Obama-era climate change rules is resigning.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced Wednesday the departure of Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum, the chief of the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation. Wehrum had been facing scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups for his past ties to the industry, considering his role in drafting business-friendly regulations.
The article goes on to state the following:
“While I have known of Bill’s desire to leave at the end of this month for quite sometime, the date has still come too soon,” Wheeler said. “I applaud Bill and his team for finalizing the Affordable Clean Energy regulation last week and for the tremendous progress he has made in so many other regulatory initiatives.”
— Abby Smith (@AbbySmithDC) June 26, 2019
1/ BREAKING: EPA’s top air official Bill Wehrum resigns, amid scrutiny that he violated federal ethics rules in interactions with his former law firm and utility industry clients. W/ @brady_dennis https://t.co/sTuMUKWxIk
— Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) June 26, 2019
Yesterday EPA unveiled its final repeal of the “once in always in” policy that regulated major air pollution sources.
Today they announced the man who was behind that repeal, Bill Wehrum, is leaving EPA pic.twitter.com/p8KRFOgx2S
— Miranda Green (@mirandacgreen) June 26, 2019
Anne Idsal, 34, who is currently the EPA’s principal deputy assistant administrator, has been named as the Acting Assistant Administrator.
— Brian Dabbs (@briandabbs) June 26, 2019
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 26, 2019
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