18 Mar '17, 1pm

Coal Lobbyist Could Be Next EPA Deputy Administrator

President Donald Trump , who signed an executive order in January to curtail lobbying influence in government, is expected to name a coal lobbyist as the new deputy administrator to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ). Sources told POLITICO that the president is likely tapping Andrew Wheeler, a registered lobbyist for Murray Energy , to be the No. 2 official at the EPA under head Scott Pruitt . Murray Energy is the largest coal mining company in the nation and has sued the Obama administration multiple times over environmental regulations. Wheeler has worked in government before. He was an EPA staffer and a Republican staff member at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, where he "worked on every major piece of environmental and energy-related legislation over the last decade, including greenhouse gas emissions legislation, the Energy Policy Act of...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/andrew-wheeler-epa-deputy-2318403...

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