2017 Recent Vote
The Senate considered President Trump's nomination of William Wehrum to serve as Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation. The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment – our air, water, and land. The EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), “develops national programs, policies, and regulations for controlling air pollutions and radiation exposure,” and the Assistant Administrator is critical to maintaining and enforcing safeguards for public health. But Wehrum’s long history of representing many of the industries, including utilities, energy companies, and other major polluters, attempting to roll back safeguards issued under the Clean Air Act makes him unfit to serve in this position. Additionally, during his previous tenure at the OAR from 2001 to 2007, Wehrum led efforts to weaken safeguards to reduce mercury emissions from coal fired power plants, and other safeguards intented to reduce lead, fine particulate pollution, and ozone smog pollution. These reasons should have disqualified William Wehrum from serving as the Assistant Administrator for the EPA and being entrusted with protecting our public health from dangerous air pollution. On November 9, the Senate approved Wehrum’s nomination by a vote of 49-47 (Senate roll call vote 268). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.