"During his time as acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler has been seen as a thoughtful leader who understands the need for sensible environmental policies", said Michelle Bloodworth, the group's president and CEO.
Wheeler has been running the EPA since his predecessor Scott Pruitt resigned in July under a cloud of ethics controversies.
Many U.S. utilities had already planned adjustments to their coal-burning generators to comply with the tighter mercury standards, and the utilities are anxious that proposals for looser rules could lead to regulatory uncertainty. He cited the agency's failure to limit the amount of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water in West Virginia and around the country.
Andrew Wheeler has been confirmed as the nation's 15th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He capped off the month by announcing plans to relax a rule restricting how much mercury and other unsafe pollutants coal-fired plants can release into the air. "It ought to tell us a lot that the Republicans put up a coal lobbyist to represent the people of America, leading the Environmental Protection Agency", said Sen.
Environmental groups reacted to Thursday's confirmation much as they did when Wheeler took the reins as deputy administrator.
Wheeler's EPA has continued efforts as well to scale back Obama-era constraints on coal-fired power plants, and with Wheeler at the helm the agency proposed a rollback of rules that regulate leaks of methane from oil and gas facilities.
And the list of regulations Wheeler has overseen in his short tenure as the acting administrator is ever growing.
Industry officials credited Wheeler as helping spur the economy by restraining what they view as federal overreach.
"Time and time again Mr. Wheeler has proven that his environmental policies are nearly as destructive and extreme has his predecessors'", he said.
Senator Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat, who also voted a year ago to confirm Wheeler as EPA deputy, voted against him in Wednesday's procedural vote.
"Unlike with some nominees, we do not have to speculate about what Mr. Wheeler will do in office", Gore said. Last week, he broke off negotiations with California over a national vehicle fuel economy standard, setting the administration up for a lengthy legal fight with the Golden State, which is allowed under the Clean Air Act to set its own pollution limits.
All five senators had met with Wheeler earlier in February over the issue and voted to approve Wheeler on Thursday.
Major League Baseball will shelf pitch clock rule until 2022
MLB players already receive a majority of the profits which the league makes, so bowing any more would make the owners look weak. Under the proposal, the league would have the right to implement the rule - which has a caveat for injured pitchers - in 2020.
Snow and cold across Colorado this weekend
Forecasters agree that the Lehigh Valley will get some kind of precipitation starting Sunday and lasting into Monday morning. The cold front moves through our area Tuesday night and dries & clears us out and significantly drops our temperatures.
Pakistan bans Bollywood films amid India tensions
He did not elaborate beyond saying the pilots were being "treated well" and made no mention of them being returned to India . PTI said the Pakistani jets dropped bombs while returning but that there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Ocasio-Cortez: 'I'm the boss'
Last night our colleague from Rhode Island said it was "truly preposterous" for me to schedule a vote on the Green New Deal . Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who had a notable exchange with a group of children about the bill . "I know what I'm doing".
The Audi R8 V10 Decennium celebrates ten years of V10 R8s
There's copper contrast stitching on the steering wheel and gear lever, along with the center armrest, door armrest and door rail. Other features include gloss carbon-fibre highlights, Decennium badging, and a Decennium logo projected by the puddle lights.
India eye third successive ODI series win against Australia
In the ninth-over of India's run-chase of 237, Rohit played a delightful scoop shot off Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff. With Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah being automatic choices, Kaul will probably get two games to prove his worth.