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Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the head of the United States federal government's Environmental Protection Agency, and is thus responsible for enforcing the nation's Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes. The Administrator is nominated by the President of the United States and must be confirmed by a vote of the Senate. The office of Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 in legislation that created the agency.

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency of the
United States
Environmental Protection Agency logo.svg
Andrew Wheeler official photo.jpg
Incumbent
Andrew R. Wheeler
Acting

since July 9, 2018
Inaugural holderWilliam D. Ruckelshaus
Formation1970
Websitewww.epa.gov

The EPA Administrator is customarily accorded Cabinet rank by the President and sits with the President, Vice President, and the 15 Cabinet Secretaries. Since the late 1980s, there has been a movement to make the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency a Cabinet Secretary, thus making the EPA a 16th Cabinet department, dealing with environmental policy. The Administrator of the EPA is equivalent to the position of Minister of the Environment in other countries.

President Trump's first EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, resigned effective July 6, 2018, amid a series of scandals. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, started serving as acting administrator on July 9, 2018.[1]

Contents

List of AdministratorsEdit

Officeholder Term President
  William Ruckelshaus December 4, 1970 – April 30, 1973 Richard Nixon
  Robert Fri
Acting
April 30, 1973 – September 12, 1973
  Russell E. Train September 12, 1973 – January 20, 1977
Gerald Ford
  John Quarles Jr.
Acting
January 21, 1977 – March 6, 1977 Jimmy Carter
  Douglas M. Costle March 7, 1977 – January 20, 1981
  Steve Jellinek
Acting
January 21, 1981 – January 25, 1981 Ronald Reagan
  Walter Barber Jr.
Acting
January 25, 1981 – May 19, 1981
  Anne Gorsuch Burford May 20, 1981 – March 9, 1983
  William Ruckelshaus May 18, 1983 – January 4, 1985
  Lee M. Thomas February 8, 1985 – January 20, 1989
  William K. Reilly February 6, 1989 – January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
  Carol Browner January 23, 1993 – January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
  Christine Todd Whitman January 31, 2001 – June 27, 2003 George W. Bush
  Marianne Lamont Horinko
Acting
July 14, 2003 – November 5, 2003
  Mike Leavitt November 6, 2003 – January 26, 2005
  Stephen L. Johnson January 26, 2005 – January 20, 2009
  Lisa P. Jackson January 23, 2009 – February 15, 2013 Barack Obama
  Bob Perciasepe
Acting
February 15, 2013 – July 18, 2013
  Gina McCarthy July 18, 2013 – January 20, 2017
  Catherine McCabe
Acting
January 20, 2017 – February 17, 2017 Donald Trump
  Scott Pruitt February 17, 2017 – July 9, 2018
  Andrew R. Wheeler
Acting
from July 9, 2018

Acting AdministratorsEdit

Note that Acting Administrators usually assume the office in the interim period between the resignation of a previous Administrator and the confirmation of his or her successor, including during the transition period between two presidential administrations, before the successor has been nominated and confirmed. Acting Administrators come from within the EPA and usually hold an office that is subject to Senate confirmation before becoming the Acting Administrator. Linda Fisher and Stephen L. Johnson had served as Deputy Administrator when they became Acting Administrator. Marianne Lamont Horinko was an Assistant Administrator at the time. They are not subject to Senate confirmation to serve as the Acting Administrator, though to continue to serve as a full-fledged Administrator (as in the case of Lee M. Thomas or Stephen L. Johnson), they must be confirmed by the Senate.

Line of successionEdit

The line of succession for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is as follows:[2]

  1. Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  2. General Counsel
  3. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management
  4. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
  5. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation
  6. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water
  7. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  8. Chief Financial Officer
  9. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development
  10. Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs
  11. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Administration and Resources Management
  12. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information
  13. Regional Administrator, Region 7 (Kansas City, Kansas)
  14. Principal Deputy General Counsel
  15. Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  16. Deputy Regional Administrator, Region 2 (New York, New York)
  17. Deputy Regional Administrator, Region 5 (Chicago, Illinois)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Three things to know about Andrew Wheeler, the acting head of EPA". Vox. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  2. ^ "Providing an Order of Succession Within the Environmental Protection Agency". Federal Register. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2016-10-30.

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