January 9, 2019 / 5:57 PM / 8 months ago

Trump nominates acting EPA head, an ex-coal lobbyist, to run agency

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to run the agency permanently, the White House said, placing a former energy lobbyist at the helm of the nation’s top environmental regulator.

The widely anticipated nomination provides Trump another avid supporter of his deregulatory and pro-fossil fuels agenda, but without the constant criticism over alleged mismanagement that plagued Wheeler’s predecessor, Scott Pruitt. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Peter Cooney and Tim Ahmann)

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