MANCHIN STATEMENT ON EPA NOMINEE WEHRUM
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the nomination of William Wehrum to be the Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Air and Radiation.
“West Virginia is home to thousands of coal miners who suffer from chronic breathing diseases, like Black Lung and silicosis, as a result of their exposure to silica and other harmful agents during their career in the mines. While I appreciate Mr. Wehrum’s willingness to serve, I cannot support his confirmation to be the Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. I have long been an advocate for safe workplaces for our miners and all of our nation’s workers. After reviewing his record, I am concerned that he does not fully appreciate the deadly impacts of silica and other harmful agents, which is troubling in light of the important role he will play in the protection of our communities on many issues.”
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