GOP senator blocks Biden EPA nominees over coal plant decision


Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) on Friday confirmed she placed a hold on President Biden’s nominee for a senior Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) position, citing concerns over the EPA’s policy toward a coal plant in her state.

Senate Environment Committee Chair Tom Carper (D-Del.) said on Wednesday that the nomination of David Uhlmann for the EPA’s assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance had been pulled from the schedule. Carper said during a markup that an unnamed committee member was waiting for further information from the agency before deciding whether to back the nomination.

In a statement Wednesday, Lummis confirmed she was the senator in question, and said that she had decided to block the nomination after the EPA rejected the state’s regional haze plan for the Jim Bridger Power Plant in southeastern Wyoming. Regional haze refers to air pollution’s impact on visibility in 156 national parks and wilderness areas.

Lummis’s office confirmed she would hold all four of Biden’s currently unconfirmed EPA nominees over the issue.

“The EPA’s decision today is a complete reversal from that of career EPA employees during the previous administration,” Lummis said in a statement.

“The Biden EPA’s decision here is needlessly hurting Wyoming’s energy workers and threatening Am... (Read more)

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