Bonamici Statement on Confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator
WASHINGTON, DC [02/28/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, issued the following statement in response to the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“The Senate’s confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the EPA is deeply disappointing,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “It is unacceptable that a former coal lobbyist who ignores science was approved to lead the EPA. Wheeler’s actions as Acting Administrator demonstrate that he is not committed to protecting public health and the environment, and show that he is willing to act counter to the mission of the Agency he is now confirmed to lead. He continues to put our communities and our planet at risk by dismissing scientists, defending polluters, and ignoring scientific evidence on climate change.
“Wheeler’s efforts to roll back and repeal environmental protections will cause irreparable damage to our planet. During his time as Acting Administrator, Wheeler attacked fuel economy standards, methane leak monitoring and repair requirements, landmark mercury and air toxic standards for power plants, clean water, and more. He failed to take action to protect Americans from asbestos and other deadly toxins. These actions demonstrate his interest in putting industry interests ahead of the public good.
“As a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I will continue to do all I can to hold Wheeler accountable and provide oversight of the Trump administration’s repeated efforts to undermine protections for public health and our planet.”
Bonamici has repeatedly expressed concerns about Wheeler’s conflicts of interest and his harmful actions at the EPA. After Wheeler acknowledged during his Senate confirmation hearing that he had not read the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA), which the EPA contributed to, Bonamici helped lead her colleagues in sending a copy of the NCA to Wheeler. As an outspoken critic of his nomination, she has repeatedly called on her Senate colleagues to oppose his nomination.