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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), delivered the following remarks at a committee business meeting to consider nominations.
The committee advanced the following nominations by recorded vote:
- William Wehrum, nominee to be assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and
- Michael Dourson, nominee to be assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the EPA.
The committee advanced the following nominations by voice vote:
- Matthew Leopold, nominee to be assistant administrator for the Office of General Counsel at the EPA;
- David Ross, nominee to be assistant administrator for the Office of Water at the EPA;
- Paul Trombino III, nominee to be administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); and
- Jeffery Baran, (reappointment) nominee to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
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Senator Barrasso’s remarks:
“Today, we will consider four nominees to serve as assistant administrators for the Environmental Protection Agency.
“This includes President Trump’s nomination of Michael Dourson to head EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention; William Wehrum to be the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation director; Matthew Leopold to lead EPA’s Office of General Counsel; and David Ross to lead EPA’s Office of Water.
“These nominees have proven themselves to be well-qualified, experienced, and dedicated public servants.
“Their confirmation will fill critically important roles in ensuring that all Americans benefit from clean air, clean water, and clean land.
“I urge all of my colleagues to support the nominations.
“We will also consider one nominee to serve as administrator for the Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation.
“Paul Trombino is well-qualified and brings broad expertise and over 20 years of experience as a state and national transportation leader to the critically important role of maintaining and improving our nation’s roads, highways, and bridges.
“I commend President Trump for nominating such a highly accomplished and dedicated public servant to serve in this important position.
“I urge all of my colleagues to also support Mr. Trombino’s nomination.
“Finally, we will consider the nomination of Jeffery Baran to serve another term as a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”