Gardner Statement on Wheeler Confirmation Vote

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his vote to confirm Andrew Wheeler to be the next Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“In my conversations with Andrew Wheeler prior to today’s confirmation vote, we discussed how the EPA will tackle many environmental priorities specific to Colorado,” said Senator Gardner. “Under his leadership, the EPA has sped up the completion date of the Colorado Smelter Superfund site by prioritizing its funding, renewed their commitment to prioritize the remediation of Bonita Peak Superfund site, and initiated the first step in confronting the PFAS contamination issue affecting communities around Peterson Air Force Base. Andrew is also supportive of Good Samaritan legislation that I have been working on to allow qualified volunteers to clean up orphaned hard rock mines. 

“The EPA’s mission of protecting human health, the environment, and ensuring access to clean air and clean water is vitally important to Coloradans and all Americans, and I will continue to work with the EPA to make sure they fulfill their commitments.” 

Andrew Wheeler’s Qualifications to Lead the EPA:

Andrew Wheeler has worked on environmental issues for 25 years. He worked at the EPA under both Democrat and Republican presidents, and was the Staff Director on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee for twelve years. Wheeler was confirmed as Deputy Administrator in a bipartisan vote last April and has served as Acting Administrator of the EPA since July.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.