Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has nominated Andrew Wheeler, former head of the EPA under Donald Trump, to be Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources. This nomination has the environmental community up in arms and Democrats seeking to reject this appointment.
Rep. Donald McEachin has called on the legislature to reject this nominee, saying in a letter, “At the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Wheeler sought to minimize the impacts of pollution in the rulemaking process, undo the Clean Power Plan to limit carbon pollution from our energy generation sector, weaken federal vehicle fuel standards, restrict the use of science in the rulemaking process and in protecting public health, and hinder the restoration of Chesapeake Bay by weakening Clean Water Act protections and proposing funding cuts to EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program of 90 percent.”
Democrats are preparing to fight this nomination. If you are concerned, you are urged to contact our State Senator, Bryce E. Reeves, to encourage him to vote against this appointment. Contact Reeves at P.O. Box 7021, Fredericksburg, VA 22404, or District Phone (540) 645-8440, or Capitol Phone (804) 698-7517, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.