Category: EPA

Wheeler’s EPA confirmation hearing opened with friendship but Democrats quickly attacked him

Before he underwent grilling from Democrats, Andrew Wheeler, the President’s nominee to head the EPA was introduced by Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. The Senator applauded Wheeler’s nomination when it was made in November of 2018. “Thank you Mr. Chairman,” said Inhofe in making the introduction. “I would like to introduce my friend Andrew Wheeler …

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Judge won’t delay EPA’s coal ash regulation decision in Oklahoma

A judge in Washington, D.C. has refused to delay a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s move to allow Oklahoma to regulate its own coal ash disposal. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates denied a motion by the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the lawsuit filed by Waterkeeper Alliance Inc., Local Environmental Action Demanded Agency and the Sierra …

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President nominates Wheeler to be new EPA Administrator

While Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler met Wednesday with his old boss, Oklahoma U.S.  Sen. Jim Inhofe, he was officially nominated by President Trump to be the person to succeed former administrator Scott Pruitt. Sen. Inhofe took note of the timing of the announcement with a tweet that stated: “Jim Inhofe‏Verified account @JimInhofe 17h17 hours ago More …

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Nonprofit group uses Pruitt’s resignation to raise money

When Scott Pruitt resigned as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, one environmental group not only was elated but took credit for forcing him out of office. Now it’s using Pruitt’s resignation in an effort to raise money. The Environmental Integrity Project, lead by Executive Director Eric Schaeffer is using Pruitt’s departure and what led …

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EPA’s Inspector General to continue travel probe of Scott Pruitt

Just because Scott Pruitt is no longer the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t mean he’s clear of those ethics allegations that led to his resignation months ago. The Office of Inspector General, the EPA’s watchdog plans to continue its audit next year of Pruitt’s travel to and from Oklahoma where he once was …

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Out with the old—in with the new WOTUS Rule

Environmentalists and Obama-era administration supporters don’t like it, but the Trump administration’s EPA is out with a newly-revised Waters of the U.S. Act. The EPA’s Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler sees it as providing a clearer picture of what waters are regulated by the federal government and what are not. “The agency’s proposal would replace the …

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Inhofe says new EPA WOTUS rule was needed

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the United States rule, the one introduced by the Obama administration and immediately drew the ire of farm groups nationally, now has the support of those groups. It also has the support of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe because it replaces what he called the “flawed regulation of …

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Billionaire gave $50,000 to Scott Pruitt’s legal defense fund

Months after leaving the Environmental Protection Agency in disgrace, former Administrator and ex-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is back in the news. This time, it’s over the $50,000 he received from a Wisconsin billionaire who contributed to Pruitt’s legal defense fund created over the series of ethics violations alleged against him. Politico reported the donor, …

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Senate to hold confirmation hearing on EPA assistant administrator

One of the U.S. Senate hearings on Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe’s schedule this week is the nomination of Alexandra Dunn to be assistant administrator of the EPA. She was nominated in August and the hearing will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Oklahoma time. Dunn is the current regional administrator for the EPA’s Region 1 …

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Sen. Inhofe says Wheeler is “perfect choice” to head EPA

President Trump’s announcement that he will nominate Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to officially become the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. And it was a move that made Oklahoma U.S.  Sen. Jim Inhofe happy because Wheeler worked 14 years for him. “Andrew Wheeler is the perfect choice …

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