Wheeler Clears Senate Panel

On February 5, Andrew Wheeler was cleared by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to become permanent Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Committee voted along party lines to advance the nomination, 11-10.

It is unclear when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will call the nomination up to the floor.

While Wheeler was already approved by the Senate to be Deputy Administrator, and is expected to be approved for the permanent position, there are some questions regarding his response to demands for the Agency to set drinking water limits for PFOS and PFOA. On February 1, a bipartisan group of 20 Senators sent a letter to Wheeler urging EPA to “develop enforceable federal drinking water standards for PFOA and PFOS”.