Alum Tapped for EPA Position
The White House announced on September 7th that President Donald J. Trump nominated William L. Wehrum, a Widener University Delaware Law School alumnus, to serve as Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation. According to The Hill, Mr. Wehrum’s duties would include oversight of a massive portfolio concerned with air pollution, climate change, auto regulation and more.
Mr. Wehrum served from 2005 to 2007 as Acting Assistant Administrator for the Agency’s Air and Radiation Office before leaving to work as a partner in the Washington, DC, law firm of Hunton & Williams. Mr. Wehrum is the head of the Administrative Law Group at the law firm. In its press release, The White House reported that Mr. Wehrum’s law practice “focuses on air quality issues including regulatory development and related litigation, compliance counseling and enforcement defense, legislative advice, and permitting.”
Mr. Wehrum is a 1986 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in chemical engineering and a 1993 graduate of the then Widener University School of Law where he earned a juris doctorate degree. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.
If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Wehrum would become one of the most powerful people at the 15,000-person Environmental Protection Agency behind Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.