UPDATED 7:01 AM PT — Thurs. July 12, 2018
In his first week as acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler addressed his team at the Environmental Protection Agency with a message of hope for the once-troubled bureau.
“”We will not shirk from this responsibility, or take it lightly,” he stated. “America is blessed with abundant natural resources, resources we use to fuel and feed the world — we will continue to protect and store it these resources for the benefit of ourselves and our posterity.”
Although Trump supporters praised Pruitt for the decisions he made at the EPA, the work he did was marred by repeated scandalous allegations.
As the EPA looks to get back on track on the mission to fulfill President Trump’s goal of slashing regulations and boosting the economy, Wheeler is reassuring his personnel there will be positive changes to come.
“I do understand firsthand the stress that goes along with a change in management or a change in a reorganization, said Wheeler. “I will try to minimize the stress that you all deal with in a daily basis as employees here at the agency.”
The new EPA chief also announced the three main priorities moving forward will be clean air, clean water, and relief from restrictive regulations that threaten to put a cap on American profits.
He also stressed the importance of creating new, transparent relationships between the EPA and the private sector, while making efforts to preserve the environment.
Wheeler made no mention of his predecessor or the allegations which ended his career, but was sure to note the EPA now has a leader who is ready and able to tackle the important issues that lie ahead.