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UPDATE 2/28: Former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler was confirmed by the Senate 52-47, with both Maine senators voting NO.

SUM Environmental Issues Working Group C2A


Former coal lobbyist and acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler has been nominated to take the position permanently. Confirmed by the Senate in April 2018 to be deputy administrator, Wheeler took over as acting administrator when Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid investigations of widepsread ethical violations. In his 10 months at the EPA, Wheeler has:

Before joining the administration, Wheeler was a fossil fuel industry insider who helped kill bipartisan climate legislation during his time as a top Senate staffer, and most recently served as a lobbyist for the coal industry. There were also reports that he hosted campaign fundraisers and contributed funds to two members of the Senate Committee that held his nomination hearing and who then went on to approve his nomination as deputy administrator. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works advanced Wheeler’s nomination Tuesday on a party-line 11-10 vote. The full Senate could vote on Wheeler this week. His nomination is opposed by a number of environmental advocacy groups, including the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) and the League of Conservation Voters,



  • Sen. Susan Collins voted for Wheeler as deputy administrator. Tell her not to make the same mistake again. (See contact info below.)
  • Sen. Angus King voted against Wheeler last April. Ask him to make the same choice now. (See contact info below.)
  • Send a letter to senators Collins and King opposing Wheeler via this form from NRCM.

Sen. Susan Collins (R)

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Washington, DC (202) 224-2523

Sen. Angus King (I)

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Washington, DC: (202) 224-5344

Rep. Chellie Pingree

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Washington, DC: (202) 225-6116 

Rep. Jared Golden

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