US Senate Confirms Trump’s Choice to Lead EPA

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, speaks during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Senate on Thursday confirmed Andrew Wheeler, a former coal and oil lobbyist and elected by President Donald Trump to the Environmental Protection Agency, to lead the nation’s top environmental regulator.

Wheeler has been in the role as an actor since last July, when his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, resigned amid a string of allegations of ethical misconduct.

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