March 04, 2019

New Leadership at EPA Likely to Alter Agency’s Approach to TSCA Administration

Lawrence Culleen and Camille Heyboer

The confirmation of Alexandra Dunn as assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and confirmation by the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee of Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator will likely mark the beginning of a new effort to provide greater transparency in how the Agency implements certain aspects of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) amendments. Ms. Dunn, the former administrator of EPA Region 1, was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2, 2019. The EPW voted to approve Mr. Wheeler’s confirmation on February 5, 2019. On February 28, 2019, Mr. Wheeler was confirmed by the Senate. The vote was 52-47, mainly along party lines. Every Democrat voted against Mr. Wheeler and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) also voted against him.

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