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A Senior EPA official steps down, in the midst of house-ethics-probe

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 14: Bill Wehrum on February 14, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Bill O’leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

A top environmental Protection Agency official who helped in the management of the Trump administration’s rollback of the Obama-era restrictions of carbon emissions to resign in the face of a congressional probe into whether he’s wrong aided former industrial customers.

EPA assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum is expected to the end of June to. EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler announced Wehrum resignation on Wednesday.

Ethics questions Wehrum doggedly since 2017 his nomination by President Donald Trump. He represented long, the fossil fuels and the chemical industry as a Washington lawyer. Just confirmed by the Senate, Wehrum has contributed to EPA’s rollbacks, the clean air, and carbon dioxide emissions, provisions against its former clients in the private sector.

The Democratically-controlled house energy and Commerce Committee opened an investigation in April, according to media reports questioning Wehrum compliance with the ethics rules in addition to acts of political officials, on questions in connection with their previous employer for at least two years.

Committee-Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., vowed to continue the investigations in Wehrum behavior.

“William Wehrum s coming departure as a welcome news for all those, the value of EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment,” said Pallone, New Jersey Democrat. “While all of his proposed rules are dangerous, it is unlikely that a court will survive judicial review. EPA should use this opportunity to hit reset on the agenda, and focus on the protection of the environment and health of the American people.”

Environmental groups cheered news of Wehrum resignation.

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“Wehrum has more damage to the Clean Air Act than any other person in the last 40 years,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “His legacy will stays more premature deaths, more hospital and more asthma attacks to the most vulnerable citizens.”

EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Anne Idsal assume that Wehrum tasks in anticipation of the appointment of a permanent successor.

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