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Jul 12, 2018

Weekly Primer: Meet The New EPA Boss, Only Slightly Different From The Old EPA Boss

Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist and new acting EPA chief, introduced himself to agency rank-and-file by borrowing a line from former administrator Scott Pruitt about listening to their concerns. (We’ll see.) The term “coal lobbyist,” Wheeler added, “has been used by some people in a derogatory manner, but I am actually proud of the work I did.” Some of Pruitt’s anti-transparency steps appear to be on their way out, as are some of his loyal aides. “Now it’s time to focus on helping Republicans in November,” said one of them, spokesperson Jahan Wilcox. He once told Atlantic reporter Elaina Plott: “You’re a piece of trash.” Multiple investigations into Pruitt’s behavior continue. Wilbur Ross continues to admit to new failures to divest from the certain stocks after claiming last year that he’d done just that. An NRA lobbyist turned Interior Department official may have violated the Trump administration’s barely enforced ethics rules by participating in meetings on issues that he’d advocated…

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