Andrew Wheeler

Trump’s EPA chief headlines GenX discussion in Fayetteville with distinctly partisan overtones

BY: - August 26, 2020

Mostly Republican pols invited to hear Andrew Wheeler issue an Apprentice-stye challenge for new chemical clean-up solutions North Carolina is now into Year 4 of its GenX crisis — nearing the equivalent of a presidential term — since the residents of Cumberland, Bladen, Brunswick and New Hanover counties learned their drinking water was contaminated with toxic GenX discharging from the Chemours plant upstream.


Meet the new EPA boss. Same as the old boss.

BY: - July 6, 2018

The thoroughly execrable Scott Pruitt is finally out at the Environmental Protection Agency. The tweeter-in-chief announced the departure of his scandal-plagued agency head yesterday. Unfortunately, as is often the case when it comes to blowhards like Pruitt who finally end their dreadful leadership tenures, it may well be that an equally dreadful, but more effective, […]

Former DEQ secretary Donald van der Vaart passed over for No. 2 slot at EPA

BY: - July 22, 2017

Despite a compelling cover letter to the Trump administration, former DEQ Secretary Donald van der Vaart will not be EPA deputy administrator, a job for which he was being considered. Instead, the Washington Post and Axios both reported, Trump intends to nominate Andrew Wheeler, coal industry lobbyist for Murray Energy, and a former aide to climate […]

Trump considering ex-DEQ’s Donald Van der Vaart for No. 2 post at EPA

BY: - February 10, 2017

Donald van der Vaart wrote a helluva cover letter. Shortly after the November elections, divining that he would soon be out of work, the former secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality wrote a letter to Donald Trump laying out a new vision for the EPA. Its language largely mirrored Trump’s distaste for rules (unless he’s the one […]