The polluters running EPA

EPA is increasingly dominated by people who have spent decades fighting to block environmental safeguards, undermining science, and lobbying for polluters.

Literally a coal lobbyist

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler

Current role: Administrator of EPA following Pruitt’s resignation

Former job: Lobbyist for Murray Energy, one of the nation’s largest coal companies, as well as other energy companies with business in front of the EPA.

Undermining chemical safety

Nancy Beck

Nancy Beck

Current role: In June 2019, Beck accepted a temporary assignment at the White House, where she may have even greater influence than in her EPA role as Deputy Assistant Administrator Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Former job: 5 years at the main chemical industry lobbying group

Beck has many conflicts of interests.

Letting polluters off the hook

Susan Bodine

Susan Bodine

Current role: Head of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance

Former job: Lobbyist representing clients who helped to contaminate drinking water in Hoosick Falls, NY and other toxic sites, including those with hundreds of Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act violations.3

Patrick Traylor

Patrick Traylor

Current role: Deputy Director of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance

Former job: Attorney for clients facing Clean Air Act violations including chemical manufacturers and coal-fired power plant owners and operators4

Attacks go beyond staffing


Aside from hiring decisions, the policies at Trump’s EPA are threating our children by slashing budgets, rolling back environmental safeguards, and putting politics over science.