Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Andrew Wheeler

Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Andrew R. Wheeler was born in December 1964 in Hamilton, Ohio. He earned an undergraduate degree in English and biology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned a Juris Doctor from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He also completed a Master of Business Administration at George Mason University.

He worked four years as a special assistant to the information management division director at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. He spent fourteen years working as a staff member of the Senate, initially with Senator Inhofe and later as chief counsel at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Until his current appointment, he was a lobbyist at a Washington law firm.

President Donald Trump nominated Wheeler to become Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and he was approved by the Senate and assumed that position in April 2018. From July 2018 to February 2019, he was he acting administrator. In February 2019, Wheeler was confirmed as the Administrator of the EPA.

In the News…

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said he has been talking with small refiners to determine how to help them after the federal appeals court sharply restricted the agency’s ability to exempt them from federal biofuels requirements.

The renewable fuel standard, or RFS, has taken a “double hit,” Wheeler said at an oversight hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He was referring in part to a ruling earlier this year from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit that largely handcuffs the EPA’s ability to grant waivers to small refiners exempting them from the biofuels blending requirements.

Refiners have also been hit hard by a dramatic decline in the number of miles traveled by vehicles during shelter-in-place restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wheeler said.

“We have extraordinary circumstances this year,” he said. “We are looking to see what relief we can provide everyone. The ethanol industry is also hurting, as well as the small refiners, in particular because of the 10th Circuit decision.”

Contact this Leader…

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Administrator Andrew Wheeler
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460


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