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Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA Administrator

On Feb. 28, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator by a 52-47 vote.

Wheeler had served as acting director since July 2018. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue of Georgia voted in favor of Wheeler’s confirmation.

 “Farm Bureau welcomes the Senate’s confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator. This is a tribute to his deep experience and the expertise he brings to the office,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duval said.

Wheeler previously worked as chief of staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Wheeler visited Georgia in early February, when he provided details of the new Waters of the U.S. rule published by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The rule is open for public comment. The deadline to submit comments is April 15. To read the proposed rule or submit a comment, visit